Tesla Motors Analysis

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Introduction Elon Musk was born in 1971 in South Africa [1]. He seemed to be interested in engineering in his childhood. When he was 12 years old, he created a computer game called "Blaster" [2]. The game is like a simplified version of "Space Invaders" and the game itself is not so attractive, however, it is surprising that just 12 years old child made that game. He is not only an engineer but also an entrepreneur. He has been involving in several challenging and amazing projects, for example, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, SpaceX, Hyperloop, Zip2, and PayPal. In the following sections in this paper, I’m going to report a summary of two projects I’m interested in, Tesla Motors and Hyperloop. Through the survey of Musk’s projects, I felt…show more content…
The biggest difference between Tesla Motors and other automobile manufacturers is that Tesla Motors develops and sells only electric cars (electric vehicles; EVs). “Model S”, which is a current main product of Tesla Motors, equips storage battery, and runs 480 km by just 45 minutes-charge [3]. Motors built in Model S is very powerful, and fuel efficiency is better compared with other EVs. In addition to Model S, Tesla Motors is now seemed to being developing and preparing to ship “Model X” which is a successor of Model S. Cars from Tesla Motors has been popular in the US, on the other hand, name recognition of Tesla Motors is not so high in Japan. However, Tesla Motors has cooperative relationships with several Japanese industries, such as Panasonic (battery manufacturing) [4], therefore, Tesla Motors may have been recognized in Japan in the near…show more content…
According to primary design proposal of Hyperloop published in 2013 [7], Hyperloop aims to achieve safer, faster, lower cost, more convenient transportation system. Elon Musk himself express Hyperloop as a “cross of between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air-hockey table” [8]. Hyperloop is consisted of two key components: “pod” and “tube”: the pod is something like a capsule passengers get on, and the tube is like a rail line of trains. Using the power of compressed air, pod runs inside a continuous steel tube at a terrific speed (maximum speed: 1220 km/h). The compression of air to be required to operate pods are done by using the power of electricity, and electricity used for air compression is generated by solar panels installed on the outer surface of the steel tube. It has been estimated that all of the electric power to operate Hyperloop can be provided by the solar panels, therefore, Hyperloop is a kind of self-powering transportation

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