Tesla is a technology company and the world’s leader in creating innovative electric vehicles. But it’s more than that. It’s a path forward for humanity to transition to sustainable and green sources of electricity rather than relying on oil and gas.
As global warming has greatly accelerated since the industrial revolution of the 20th century; increasing levels of CO2 and global temperatures, making skies turn brown, causing polar ice caps and glaciers to melt, and rendering more than half of the 1400 mile long Great Barrier Reef lifeless, people have started to wonder when we will start protecting our beautiful Earth.
The use of oil and gas has been very useful and has led to many wonderful technological advances during the past century, but as their use has scaled up, scientists and governments have come to realize that the dangers they pose from excessive use and emissions worldwide are too great to ignore.
Tesla founder Elon Musk puts it quite simply:
“We want to change the world. Before us, cars were powered by diesel or gasoline; after us, they will be electric.”
“We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental disaster. The overarching purpose of Tesla Motors (and the reason I am funding the company) is to help expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric economy, which I believe to be the primary, but not exclusive, sustainable solution.”
Elon is labeled by some as potentially the greatest innovator of the 21st Century, as he has revolutionized the playing field for all forms of sustainable electric technology. From electric vehicles, to advanced battery technology which in the near future will allow cars and trucks to drive more than 1,000 miles per charge, to SpaceX and Starlink, which will provide satellite based internet access to remote areas all across the globe, to flying cars; Elon and Tesla are the future.
Elon explains that he figured out a long time ago the original obstacle with sustainable energy: it needs to be made fashionable. Tesla cars are one of the coolest looking on the road today. They have advanced computerized systems which allow the car to drive itself, they can change lanes on their own, and can even parallel park all on their own. Having such amazingly useful abilities in one’s car has made the jump to electric vehicles not just an environmentally good decision, but an exciting and fashionable one.
Elon has also designed solar panels which look like regular roofing shingles, that can essentially be used for all home roofing projects; sending energy to an in-home battery, and making the home energy efficient.
“Even if CO2 was good for the environment, given that we’re going to run out of hydrocarbons, we need to find some sustainable means of operating,” Elon explains. “Let’s say the only thing we had was solar energy, that that was the only power source, if you just took a small section of Spain, you could power all of Europe.”
The transition to electric vehicles from gas-powered vehicles is expected to cut down on CO2 emissions globally by more than 55%. They change energy generation from burning gas in each individual car to generating electricity via power plants; which can use sustainable and green sources for energy, and can install advanced emission filtration systems which reduce virtually all CO2 emissions.
“A common rebuttal to electric vehicles as a solution to carbon emissions is that they simply transfer the CO2 emissions to the power plant,” Elon explained. “The obvious counter is that one can develop grid electric power from a variety of means, many of which, like hydro, wind, geothermal, nuclear, solar, etc. involve no CO2 emissions.”
While Teslas are viewed as high end luxury cars currently, Tesla has promised a $25,000 all-electric vehicle coming soon, which will make electric vehicles available to the vast majority of the public.
One positive that has come from the pandemic is that people have realized how terrible it can be to live in a world that has serious environmental issues. We don’t want to leave a polluted, scorched Earth to our children, but rather a healthy, green and safe one. With most major nations committing to transitioning from gas powered vehicles to electric ones by 2030 to 2050, there is hope for our future generations.
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