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Elon Musk Is Dragging His Family on a Cross-Country Road Trip to Tout the Tesla Model S

"Get in the car I MEAN IT." (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Elon Musk really wants to convince everyone that the Tesla Model S won’t constantly run out of juice, leaving you stranded in traffic more than the lemon of a Triumph this reporter’s dad drove in the late 1970s.

Now, it seems, he’s decided to rope his kids into promoting the Tesla brand with a cross-country road trip, designed to demonstrate that you can get wherever you need in a Model S.

This sounds like a fantastic opportunity for Mr. Musk and his five sons to subsist entirely on Vienna sausages and cheese and peanut-butter sandwich crackers. But let’s hope the experience is more Crossroads, less National Lampoon’s Vacation. Read More

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Elon Musk Pulls All-Nighter Before Unveiling His Science Fair Project

FUTURISM. (Photo: Tesla)

Hey, do you love Space Mountain and hate bumper-to-bumper traffic? Boy, does Elon Musk have the highly theoretical transit system for you!

The PayPal cofounder just released the open-source plans for his pipe dream, the Hyperloop, along with some futuristic renderings we’re pretty sure he stole from Frank Herbert’s Dune. It’s basically the love child of a supersonic jet and the monorail at Epcot. Mr. Musk says it’s “the right solution for the specific case of high traffic city pairs that are less than about 1500 km or 900 miles apart.”

Anything more and you just want to upgrade to supersonic air travel. (As one does.) Though he’s not entirely done hashing out the details, after pulling an all-nighter working on the plans:  Read More

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Whoops! Elon Musk Didn’t Mean to Get Your Hopes Up About the Hyperloop

We've maybe been trolled. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Did Elon Musk’s pie-in-the-sky promises about releasing a plan for an ultra-fast “Hyperloop” get you all excited for the future of travel? Bad news: This time, even Mr. Musk has to admit he got a little ahead of himself.

On Tesla’s quarterly earnings call, someone asked (wholly seriously, it seems) whether shareholders would “see any benefit” from the Hyperloop, for which he’s supposed to release a plan on August 12. According to a Seeking Alpha transcript, that’s when the backtracking began:  Read More

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Elon Musk Asks Boeing If Maybe They Need a Little Help with Those Planes

Mr. Musk, please take my money. (Photo via flickr.com/jurvetson)

Things aren’t looking so great for Boeing right now, as the 787 Dreamliner has morphed into a nightmare. Turns out the lithium ion batteries that were supposed to be such an innovation are showing a distressing tendency to go wrong in one way or another, and the brand new model is currently grounded.

But hey, it’s always darkest before the dawn, right? And it looks like there’s at least one person willing to lend a hand. Via the Next Swiftmoney WebRead More