Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), unveiled two new additions to the Tesla production line, the electric semi truck and a new sports car, the Tesla Roadster last Thursday. But after the showcasing, investors and analysts did not seem impressed.
In Tesla’s showcase, Musk said the Roadster will accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, and up 100 mph in just 4.2 seconds. But the vehicle won’t come cheap. The starting price for the electric sports car begins at $200,000 along with a $50,000 reservation fee. This marks the most expensive Tesla vehicle now.
The Roadster is now the fastest sports car, but the best thing about it is that it’ll be cracking on gasoline sports cars.
On Sunday, Musk teased investors about possibly developing a flying vehicle, saying that the Roadster might have a “special upgrade package.”
Musk tweeted out a photo of the Roadster saying it’ll go from “0 to 100 km/h in 1.9 secs”, then on Sunday tweeted out: “Should clarify that this is the base model performance. There will be a special option package that takes it to the next level.”
Then, Musk tweeted again on Sunday: “Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe … Certainly possible. Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities.”
It’s no surprise that Musk will be able to achieve the feat of developing a flying car based on his other owned companies, SpaceX and The Boring Company. Musk has also repeatedly supported and love for anything in general that could fly.
SpaceX manufactures and designs rockets to launch as well land via drones. However, The Boring Company writes on its FAQ page, “One option is to “go up” with flying cars. However, flying cars have issues with weather, noise, and generally increase anxiety levels of those below them. The other option is to “go down” and build tunnels.”
The Boring Company is in the process of developing tunnels to launch vehicles from one point to another, running up to 125 mph, regarding the option to “go down.” The FAQ section definitely pokes at the fact that flying technology for vehicles are doable, but there are many factors hindering it.
Transportation innovation has always been a priority for Musk. The development and production of flying cars will definitely reshape the scene of traveling. The combination of SpaceX, The Boring Company, and Tesla under Musk’s umbrella could more than definitely be able to develop this type of technology.