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Tesla's Next Electric Moves
World's Fastest E-Sportscar, E-Cybertruck and More EVs
Source: Tesla Roadster Electric Sports Car
Diversifying and Expanding Model Lineup
2020 is proving to be a great year for Tesla and CEO Elon Musk. The share price has soared and catapulted Tesla to the world's 2nd most valuable automaker, only behind Toyota. What is billionaire entrepreneur CEO Elon Musk doing to sustain this? He's creating buzz and excitement with new models like the Tesla Roadster, expanding his model offerings to include pickup trucks and smaller, less expensive SUVs, and looking to bring on more affordable electric cars to widen his global customer base.
Musk calls his Tesla Roadster the "fastest car in the world". It's expected to roll-out in 2020 or 2021. It's a 4 seater sports car that can go from 0 to 97 mph in 1.9 seconds, which is quicker than quick. The top speed is 250 mph, the battery range is reported to be a huge 620 miles. Engineer Musk has been working on the much anticipated Roadster for a number of years and it's getting closer to take-off.
Currently Musk is ramping up assembly of the Model Y SUV which is due for distribution this spring. The Y is Tesla's first crossover, all-wheel drive SUV and it's thought to be its hottest vehicle ever. It can go 350 miles on a charge. The Y is larger and less expensive than Tesla's very popular Model 3. Musk plans on expanding production of the Y from California and into China and Germany. He is also increasing production of the Model 3 sedan, which on average sells for $50,000. The Y price range starts at $40,000
Musk is also focused on taking his favorite project, the Cybertruck, to market. The pickup is a futuristic looking, stainless steel designed electric truck. Since it was introduced late in 2019, more than 200,000 Cybertrucks have been ordered. The starting price is $39,900. The EV has a range of 250 miles on a charge, goes 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. It's targeted for delivery to customers in 2021.
Global Competition on Price-Points
The future of driving is electric and a key differentiator is price. Global automakers like GM, Toyota, VW and Ford, among others, are involved in a technological arms race to offer new, competitively priced EVs for the masses. Tesla is the world's #1 electric vehicle company. It's being urged by experts as it expands its lineup to bring on models in the affordably priced $30,000 range.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…