Once you’ve conquered cars and rockets and batteries, what’s next? Well, if you’re Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, planes might be a logical choice. Recently, at the Hyperloop Pod design awards, Musk announced he is very interested in vertical take-off and landing technology (VTOL) and making electric jets.
Musk said to the awards audience that he has been thinking about the VTOL electric jet and could have something really close. “I’m quite tempted to do something about it,” he said. Although electric planes are not a new concept, there is speculation he would want to make one commercially viable.
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Musk shared his thoughts about a supersonic electric plane back in 2009, but he was working on the Tesla Model S launch at the time and indicated he had “too much to think about” to move forward with the concept.
Musk’s announcement was received with enthusiasm at the Hyperloop Pad design awards, where he expressed confidence in the ability of his electric jet to take off and land vertically. “If you’re trying to create a company, it’s important to limit the number of miracles in series. You want to start off with something that’s the most doable, and then expand from there,” he said before adding that fundamental physics and economics “should drive the true solution.”
Via Fast Company
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