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25 May

Elon Musk/Tesla Never Fails To Bring Us Good News!

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Tesla Dual Motor design (credit: Tesla/Screen shot)

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After all that’s been going on with Trump Administration this week, I seriously need to report/share on some topics that would make me feel good. Last night, as I came across an article about Tesla’s dual-engine or dual motor design, I realized that I never did report, in detail, about this intriguing design in the past. I’ve known about Tesla’s self-driving or autopilot optional feature in Tesla Model S/X/3, but did not mention much about its dual motor design until last night. It is very impressive both in its efficiency and optimized outcome in speed and acceleration. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.20 seconds, with top speed at 155 mph. Any of the Tesla cars that comes with dual motor/engine would come with “D” in its model name. In the video below, one can see the front drive unit and rear drive unit of Model S. Its uniqueness is in its ability to be able to shift its dynamic power from front to rear in a matter of millilseconds. So its torque can be quickly adjusted, much better and quicker than the historical mechanically linked system (linked with the shaft). So, this is a design equivalent to the digital system, replacing the old analog system. Its constant optimal efficiency level is actually able to compensate for the increased mass of a dual motor design. Every thing is improved with this design. In Elon Musk’s words, “it’s like having your own roller coaster.” It is actually coming with the option of having 3 settings: Normal, Sport, and Insane. Elon Musk also assured us that future designs of Tesla will continue to improve. The more affordable Tesla’s Model 3 (costing about $35,000) should be arriving by the end of 2017. Model 3 of 2017 currently comes with single motor, and Model 3 dual motor design can be ordered in 2018.

 

 


I was also very happy to find out about Elon Musk’s presentation in December of 2016 for Tesla Solar Roof. So, hopefully one day, soon in the future, we will be able to order an autopilot, dual motor, solar powered car from Tesla. In the mean time, apparently Tesla is also planning on bringing a new compact SUV to the market. This vehicle will be  the crossover version of the Model 3 and will be called Model Y, expected to be rolled out by 2020.

One thing to be certain, Elon Musk/Tesla never fails to bring us good news! Please speed up the process of designing for that Dual-Motor, Autopilot, Solar Powered Tesla car…for it will be the solution to energy, pollution, and auto-accidents.
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8 May

From Global Solar Summit To Autopilot Solar Cars?

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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 162 signatures strong. We need more! Please help us to spread more sunshine by signing this petition and sharing it with others. It is our shared responsibility to move toward the renewable energy age and Sunshine is the cleanest, healthiest, and least war-prone way to go! Thank you.

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Global Solar Summit at Milan, Italy, is going on right now! May 8-9, 2013, at Rho Exhibition & Conference Center at Milan, Italy. General Information. Program. Speakers. Registration. Sponsorship Opportunities. Sponsors. Partners. Endorsements. Press. Contacts.

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To my fellow solar enthusiasts who are able to attend the Global Solar Summit 2013, wishing you all a terrific time in the beautiful Milan! I am not able to attend in the last minute due to my mother’s driving and health. She is a spunky lady who treasures her sense of independence and autonomy…but the aging process is stealthily catching up…her reflex is not what it used to be. So after her most recent auto incident, she was quite shaken up and may take a few weeks to recover. Since I will not be able to attend this historic/first Global Solar Summit, I will appreciate any photos or videos or recordings of interviews any of you may be able to share via sunisthefuture@gmail.com. Thank you.

I am also ecstatic to find out that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is talking to Google about adding driverless technology to its electric cars (according to Bloomberg). Elon Musk said technologies that can take over for drivers are a logical step in the evolution of cars. “I like the word autopilot more than I like the word self-driving,” Musk said in an interview. “Self-driving sounds like it’s going to do something you don’t want it to do. Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.” Let’s go on a test drive with this driverless/autopilot vehicle, below:

Google is test driving the driverless car in CA, FL, and NV.

Google’s approach builds on a push for the driverless-car technology long pursued by the U.S. military’s DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), which held vehicle competitions for carmakers and research labs. Anthony Levandowski, product manager for Google’s self-driving car project, has said the company expects to release the technology within five years.

“The problem with Google’s current approach is that the sensor system is too expensive,” Musk said. “It’s better to have an optical system, basically cameras with software that is able to figure out what’s going on just by looking at things.”

I have no doubt that Elon Musk and his team will figure out a way to bring down the cost for driverless/autopilot car in the future. I would also like to add: Mr. Musk, might you try to find a way to put some solar cells on top of these autopilot/driverless vehicles? I would be in cloud nine if autopilot solar cars will be commercially available within the next five years. What a wonderful world this would be !

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