I will say it again for those in the back. Chasing Tesla down a road which only they understand where it goes is a fool's errand. No one has yet begun to even come close to Tesla's range vs battery size, and still as of yet they are struggling to monetize their lead in these areas.
Meanwhile at Tesla,
Elon Musk: SpaceX Starship aims for crucial hover test July 16
The "hopper" is ready to explore life off the ground.
JULY 12, 2019 10:02 AM PDT
The SpaceX Starship "hopper" prototype has a big test set for Tuesday.
Ever since SpaceX founder Elon Musk unveiled the bright and shiny Starship prototype, space fans have been aching for it to take off in a blaze of glory. We're almost there. The current Starship prototype, a "hopper" vehicle built for short test flights, is ready for hovering.
Musk took to Twitter late Thursday to share the schedule. "Raptor engine mounted on Starhopper. Aiming for hover test Tuesday," he tweeted using the nickname for the Starship "hopper" prototype. Tuesday also happens to mark the 50th anniversary of NASA's launch of the Apollo 11, which carried humans to the surface of the moon in 1969.
The hopper is under development at a SpaceX facility in Boca Chica Village, Texas. A previous test in April involved Starship trying out a tiny liftoff with a single Raptor engine providing the power.
This time, Starhopper will aim to reach over 65 feet (20 meters) off the ground and move a little sideways, Musk tweeted. SpaceX is expected to livestream the event.
If the hover test is successful, it will put SpaceX on the path to a much more ambitious goal of reaching 12 miles (20 kilometers) within a few months.
Elon Musk says Mars and Starship update could come later this month
Musk must be feeling confident about the testing. He already announced plans for a presentation about the Starship in late July after the hover test, where we could get updates on SpaceX's plans to fly around the moon with a group of artists in 2023.
SpaceX fans have been keeping an eye on the work in Texas, capturing video of the Raptor engine's arrival and its mounting to the Starhopper on Thursday.
Musk also tweeted the company has changed the rocket design "quite a bit" and that he will reveal more at the presentation. Starship is expected to eventually launch with multiple Raptors, but just one is enough for initial testing. SpaceX will aim to keep it above 50% throttle for this upcoming flight, according to Musk.
Starship is meant to be an all-purpose, next-generation spaceship capable of servicing missions to Earth orbit as well as more distant destinations. SpaceX's grand goal is to send a cargo mission to Mars in 2022 and a crew in 2024, though deadlines like that tend to slip, sometimes quite a bit.
While it's fun to imagine Starship reaching Mars in just a few short years, there is a lot that needs to go right to get there, starting with this landmark hover test next week.
I think more folks should read PDL's column this week. Moving thread.
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it is just a matter of horses for courses. Some areas are more suited to electric vehicles than others.here in Australia we have little use for studded tyres as we don't have ice much but you guys do so you have a market we don't the same could apply to electric vehicles. half the US may find them attractive and half no so. The one thing that intrigues me is that Norway is embracing electric vehicles (even though it is still only 2%) and I am under the impression it gets a bit cold there. Is it just that they don;'t have to drive far that makes electric vehicles viable there?
We took a vacation a couple of years ago to Disney World. We drove across our beautiful country 2200 miles one way. We slept 2 nights on the road, and our last stint was over 900 miles (my husband is a truck driver, so not a big deal). We would have spent the majority of our 2 week vacation just getting to Disney and back in an electric car. That is not acceptable, and Americans will not put up with it.
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Hybrid is the best option period. Full Electric will cause more harm than good. The amount of trash these batteries will create will be a big problem. These same people thought it was good idea to have plastic grocery bags and plastic bottles for everything. They said we will recycle. Well we see how well that went. Despite the talk about renewable energy oil and gas are constantly being renewed. Despite what people think. We also have more Trees on the planet than the last 100 years but still people think we are destroying the earth. We aren't even close. We could destroy every human on earth and the earth will still have a crap load of CO2 being released. To even think we can control any of this is a pipe dream. the only thing we can control is killing everyone and the earth will be fine.
I average 30-40 miles per day. EV would be perfect for my needs because it would be fully charged every morning and ready to go. It will be great not having to stop at the gas station once a week. For occasional longer trip, at least in midwest, Tesla seems to have superchargers every 60-70 miles no matter in what direction i'm going. I like taking a break every 2-3 hours anyways so I don't think I'll ever feel like i'm wasting time at the supercharger. My next car will very likely be a Model 3.
I do recognize that different people have different needs and, for some, current EVs may not work. That said, current EV market share is 2.5%, if i remember correctly, and the people with similar driving needs to mine represent way larger percentage of the market than 2.5%........so i think EV market share will continue growing.
They have no humility, no interest in anything but power and control over the great unwashed peasantry.
That is how all tyrants are hard wired.
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