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Biker Bill

Tue Aug 13 2013 15:41:35 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

PayPal and Tesla Motors founder Ethan Musk want us to travel in high speed tubes. He may be on to something. Here's the scoop from Business Week...

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Almost a year after Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors (TSLA) and SpaceX, first floated the idea of a superfast mode of transportation, he has finally revealed the details: a solar-powered, city-to-city elevated transit system that could take passengers and cars from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. In typical Musk fashion, the Hyperloop, as he calls it, immediately poses a challenge to the status quo—in this case, California’s $70 billion high-speed train that has been knocked by Musk and others as too expensive, too slow, and too impractical.

In Musk’s vision, the Hyperloop would transport people via aluminum pods enclosed inside of steel tubes. He describes the design as looking like a shotgun with the tubes running side by side for most of the journey and closing the loop at either end. These tubes would be mounted on columns 50 to 100 yards apart, and the pods inside would travel up to 800 miles per hour. Some of this Musk has hinted at before; he now adds that pods could ferry cars as well as people. “You just drive on, and the pod departs,” Musk told Bloomberg Businessweek in his first interview about the Hyperloop.

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Mad Max

Tue Aug 13 2013 16:24:36 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Musk has yet to prove Tesla is not another hybrid no one wants.

Tony Sanchez

Fri Aug 16 2013 15:35:20 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Damn son, ain't no style in that.

Heavyfoot

Wed Aug 14 2013 15:08:19 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

I rode in a Tesla Roadster a couple years ago and I DEFINITELY want that! Musk has a lot of good ideas, the challenge is getting people to change their views on transportation.

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