The part of the bleeding edge futurepresent that actually is rocket science.
Rich, crazy Elon Musk, who intends to put large and efficient electric batteries into people’s homes. Which may not be one of his weird side projects like Hyperloop, especially since Apple are hiring his car-makers away, and their car sales and shipments are under the projected numbers. And because it fits right in with the “disruption” thing. You know Musk has a solar panel company, right? This seems quite clever: SolarCity will let you lease their panels, or you can take out a 30-year loan with them. SolarCity doesn’t charge you for installing or maintaining the system, and you pay SolarCity for the power the system generates, thereby paying off the loan. Electricity as a mortgage. Now, combine that with a rechargeable fuel cell in your home that could probably power your house for at least a week all on its own. Welcome to Basic Utilities Disruption.
Have you been reading this and thinking, “well, I’m not very interested in technology”? Well, I bet you’re interested in a future where it remains cost-effective for your local electricity substations to be maintained even after a critical number of homes in your area have gone off the grid. Or, in the extreme open-market scenario, if it remains cost-effective to even supply electricity to your town at all.
Tesla’s CEO has apparently dropped $866,000 on the amphibious Lotus Espirit from The Spy Who Loved Me. His intent? He wants to turn the prop car (which never actually swam) into a true aquatic vessel, courtesy of a Tesla electric powertrain.Read more