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The oft-outspoken chief executive officer of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, is chomping at the electric bit again.

While speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco recently, Musk, a 40-year-old billionaire recently profiled by Bloomberg Risk Takers, shared an enthusiastic vision of electric cars and solar energy with the room-filling crowd.

Musk said that, "Starting a company is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death." Even so, that's the attitude it'll take to solve the big problem of the 21st century, one of which will be sustainable energy. Musk even detailed his vision of the world 20 years from now, claiming:
On the energy side, I think by the mid-point of the century solar power will be the single largest source of energy. Maybe not a majority, but the largest single source.
Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise, but Musk was also incredibly optimistic about EVs, stating that electric vehicles will make up the majority of new vehicles within two decades. Yes, that's over 50 percent by 2031. This is way beyond other estimates, and shows that Tesla's CEO, a man who's quite possibly one of the leading innovators of our day, is a true believer in electric vehicles. Hit the jump for video of Musk's keynote address at TechCrunch Disrupt.


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      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      @'Elmo Biggins' DF, if you want to write stuff, write it yourself, these endless alter ego's get tiresome. Oh, by the way, "factual" so there are no NG (or derivatives) in existence? Gosh, maybe that NG powered taxi I just rode in, was all part of a conspiracy? (I still say there should be a hunting season on trolls!)
      sirvixisvexed
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love what Elon says about education in the video. I recommend "If you want to be rich and happy, Don't go to school" by Robert Kiyosaki.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      Health Problems Near Gas Fields, Shock! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/18/health-problems-gas-fields-science_n_969058.html
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Radical Right Wing Extremist Here... A Saudi once said, 'the stone age didn't end because we ran out of stones.'. Here is what will happen once it gets close... All sorts of new oil fields will be 'discovered' and prices will drop like a rock. The oil companies may start buying up electric companies and battery manufacturers. Efforts will be made, and probably successfully for a while, to keep the ICE vehicles attractive. Manly through price. This could extend their lives for a bit, but if that breakthrough on charging/efficiency occurs, then their days will be numbered. The oil companies will be smart enough to diversify prior to a total collapse in pricing and production, but many of the countries that depend on oil will most likely not be smart enough. Unless there is other resources that the country had the oil companies needs, they will then be abandoned (good riddance). Has anyone examined how we will get ball of the electricity for the cars though, or does that require a second miracle?
        Elmo Biggins
        • 4 Months Ago
        @EZEE
        I think only "second miracle" being mentioned here is the oil companies miraculously finding all these new oil fields that suddenly make prices cheap. You were being sarcastic....right? 0_o "thorium Reactors" Still uses uranium, still highly radioactive. All experimental or theoretical designs. Same inherent risk of potential millions of casualties and billions in damages when the inevitable unforeseen yet predictable disaster happens. I'd rather that money go to solar, geothermal, etc, anything but the death box.
          EZEE
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Elmo Biggins
          Why would they not find them? Think of your left wing conspiracy theories. Create a shortage, prices go up, oil companies profit, YAY! Then, people get serious about conservation and alternative energy, and what would the oil companies do? Try to figure out a way to squash these ideas. Ramping up production would be an easy way to do this - make gasoline cheap so people forget the need to conserve, buy giant SUV's, and forget electric/solar/wind/bovine flatulence. Even a left winger can wrap their heads around that theory - why does that have to be a right wing theory, when, it still makes the oil comapanies evil? Seriously, sometimes I hand you guys an softball and you still go off the deep end. Here - I will give you a rational left wing response (I have to do everything): "EZEE is right - they have done this before to stop alternative energy research and conservation, and they could do it again! We need to make sure that regardless of the price of energy, we accept no reductions in CAFE, and, if those mean spirited (do that litany here) Republicans, with their buddies at Haliburto win the next election, make sure any drilling bills come with increases in CAFE attached, and/or increases in funding for alterantive energy research."
        Roy_H
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        The most promising alternate energy source is the LFTR. Liquid Flouride Thorium Reactors, are very efficient, run from plentiful and cheap thorium, do not produce long term radio-active waste and are inherently safe. See: flibe-energy.com Thorium is available world-wide so no country can control it. LFTRs do not require the thorium fuel to be enriched, a very expensive process required for uranium reactors. There are other benefits possible from LFTRs too for the medical industry. LFTR concept was developed in the late 1960's as a successor to PWRs but were abandoned because they were unsuitable for making bombs.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Oil companies have already been suppressing alternative technology for a very long time. See also: GM sells NiMH patents to Texaco ( now Chevron ) Media manipulation via Fox News, Top Gear, Rush Limbaugh etc. OPEC either increasing production or cutting costs because they feel threatened by alternative energy ( they have said this in public ) etc..
          Marco Polo
          • 4 Months Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          @2WM Yep, you're right! It's all an oil company conspiracy! No matter how totally illogical, there are always those who will trundle out some idiotic (old) conspiracy theory. I haven't the inclination to sit, once again, and demolish this idiotic collection of half truths and lies. Suffice to say this, oil companies are the largest investors in alternate energy. The Geo-thermal industry would have collapsed but for Chevron's enormous investment. BP has since 1973, been the largest investor in Solar Energy research and development. Shell is the world second largest investor in Bio-fuel. "Top Gear is a BBC Production", Fox News is one outlet, don't like it? Watch a different channel! Oil companies are not threatened by 'alternate energy', they can sell more than they can produce, depletion, not demand is their problem. In fact, the main competitor to EV's may come from the development of alternate technology by an oil company. Far from suppressing alternate energy, oil companies spend billions on researching alternatives. With over 1,600,000,000 customers daily, for their products, do you really imagine that EV's which represent a tiny fraction, of a tiny fraction, of the least profitable part of their business, is worth even considering?
          EZEE
          • 4 Months Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Build your bike. Get rich.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        " All sorts of new oil fields will be 'discovered' and prices will drop like a rock." This is a common delusion in the conservative right world. But it is pushed by right-wing conservatives that know nothing about oil . . . people like Michelle Bachmann, Herb Cain, Newt Gingrich, and even Romney now (he had to jump on board with the crazies). The hard-right conservatives that know about oil will tell you flat out that we cannot drill our way out of the oil mess. Go read what hardcore conservative oilman and funder of the Swiftboats for Truth (lies), T. Boone Pickens says. He thinks we are at peak. Go read what the late Matthew Simmons said. It is too bad he is not around to advise Romney. There is no miracle flood of oil out there. It is tar sands, deepwater, and heavy oil these days.
          EZEE
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Spec
          You have every cliche in that article - but obviously, since they have been warning us oil was peaking and running out since the 1920's, there must have been SOME new oil fields found. Yes, those right wingers are all mean spirited, hateful, racist, homophobic, they starve children, throw old people into the street, force them to eat dog food, they want dirty air, want dirty water, want you to die so they can make money off of your corpse (hat tip Ed Schultz), are terrorists for wanting lower spending... BUT! We continually seem to find more oil. Now - maybe, just maybe, we really have peaked! But, to suggest the same thing that has happened since the 1920's, might not happen again - I don't see how this is a conspiracy, or some evil right wing thing. If it doesn't and we run out of oil, well, great! Then we will HAVE to find alternatives, won't we? We will be forced to. Look at it this way - in 1979, we had 25 years of oil left. Prices were skyrocketing (like, $1.40!). Then with all of the sweater wearing, and other controls in place, Reagan comes in, and LIFTS controls. All hell breaks loose and whoa - the planet is swimming in oil! Again, with China coming on board - this may never happen again, but, save your "I hate those who say anything I disagree with" for people who do something more than point out the obvious of the last 75 years.
          Spec
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Spec
          @EZEE EZEE, don't believe me. Go do some serious research for yourself. The data is there and $2/gallon gasoline is just not possible anymore. Keep in mind . . Peak is oil is NOT RUNNING OUT of oil. We will have oil long after we are all dead. It means that it is becoming harder and harder to produce such that the prices go up. Dan Yergin just created a massively deceptive WSJ Op-Ed mocking peak oil . . . but if you read what he really says, HE AGREES WITH PEAK OIL! He just thinks it will occur a little later (he is probably wrong). And he glosses over the real problem . . . higher prices. Yes, "the market" will make sure that oil is available on the market . . . as long as prices are hard enough. It will make no difference to the average US consumer if we are at peak oil or not if oil is too expensive for them to buy! Oil production has inched up a tiny bit in the last few years. I believe it will continue to go up a bit more. But that has made pretty much no difference to the average american consumer that has been forced to cut back on oil usage because the price of oil is "too damn high"! Oil usage in the USA HAS GONE DOWN. Perhaps our oil usage has peaked. "Peak demand" as Yergin would say. , not peak oil. What's the difference to the American consumer though? None.
          Marco Polo
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Spec
          @ Spec " All sorts of new oil fields will be 'discovered' and prices will drop like a rock." Well, new oil fields are continually being discovered, but nothing like the rate of depletion. There are no more Saudi Arabia's. All the major oil companies are agreed on the concept of peak oil, the timing and the actual effect of oil depletion, are debatable, but not the concept of the eventual depletion of economic oil. If anything, the oil industry should be congratulated for maintaining the supply of oil through some pretty amazing technology for so long after oil reserves started to decline. "There is no miracle flood of oil out there. It is tar sands, deepwater, and heavy oil these days". Very true, Coal and NG reserves are still substantial but these are of a finite nature also. Certainly they can be harnessed to provide transport and power generation, especially in North America and Russia, but for how long, before demand depletes these remaining fossil fuel resources also.
          EZEE
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Spec
          They have said we are at peak since the 1920's. Maybe we are. But in 1979 they told us (on tv no less) that we would run out in 25 years. Hmm
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        in europe I think it's about a doubling but a big part of that can be fixed with more efficient products. some windmill, some solar. it's doable. in USA where moderation in usage of electricity is considered unpatriotic the cars would be a smaller fraction of the electricity. probably easily absorbed with easy efficiency improvements like insulation and or buildings in bright colors so they don't take in so much heat from the sun. reflective glass instead of black. and since cars wont change overnight the transition should not be a problem for the electric grid
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, Marco, the EROEI for TarSand's is better then 1.0. Actually, this site say's it's 3.0, Three gallons of gas produces for each gallon of energy used in it's production. EROEI: Energy Return on Energy Invested. But, 3.0 is extremely low, as refining light sweet crude is in the range of 6 / 1 = 6.0. So, it's 100% more inefficient as gas from light sweet crude. And, so you can see, this is one more step on the Peak Oil Curve. Yes, we have gas, but, it's production from tarsands is 100% more expensive. http://www.consumerenergyreport.com/2008/11/14/the-energy-return-of-tar-sands/ And as EZEE has said, it's time the oil industry diversified into clean energy, where the Money is Just as Green, and it's a GROWTH Opportunity. Putting money down on a dead horse is what the oil industry does though, including invading all the countries that surround IRAN, and then what? Revolution? Invasion? Solar Now produces more JOBS in the US then Coal.
        Ford Future
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        I didn't say they Can't Run on Natural Gas, I said they Don't run on natural gas. And if you're going to convert you might as well SKIP natural gas, as it's going to pollute your drinking water, and go directly to Electric.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        @ Fordinsight. Well done, you've actually read an article from a fairly reputable source. Robert Rapier, is at least a qualified engineer, and an accomplished writer. I have my doubts about the value of tar sand extraction also. But, what have tar sand extraction methods, got to do with deep NAG fracking procedures, or your claim that "automobiles can't run on NG? I don't see the correlation? (Oh, and writing words in capitals, doesn't make them any more true!) Heres some information you should consider, from Blue Jobs.org In 2010 the following industries employed; •The natural gas industry employs 622,000 people directly and creates over 2.2 million more American jobs. •The coal industry employed 154,000 people directly and positively impacted 400,000 more jobs in 2008. (Natural gas is almost 4 times larger!) •The nuclear industry employs approximately 120,000 people. (Natural gas is about 5 times larger!) •The wind industry reports that it employed 85,000 people in 2010. ( the American Wind Energy information here.) (Natural gas is about 7 times larger!) •The solar industry employed approximately 46,000 U.S. workers and supported an additional 33,000 jobs in other sectors. (Solar Energy Industries Association information) (Natural gas is about 13 times larger!) Now the US Department of Labor says that in the first two quarters of 2011, Solar industry employment shrank by 18%, to less than 18,000 workers, and partially supported work for 7000. Now as to your last allegation that the Oil industry should start to invest in clean energy. Did you know that BP has been the largest single investor in Solar since 1973? Or that 70% of Geo-thermal is Chevron? How about Shell's vast investments in Bio-fuels? I'm sorry to have to constantly correct your disinformation. But, you have to read both sides of every issue, not just what agrees with whatever your passion tells you is right. NG exploration is like any technology, if conducted properly, it's relatively harmless to the environment. That's a regulatory and compliance issue, not an inherent defect in the technology.
          Marco Polo
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Marco Polo
          2 'Elmo Biggins' Df, using any alter ego, you are the same obnoxious fool. Vague abuse is not a substitute for fact's. Now, ol Ford, he at least tries to read, and discover some facts. Ok, sure he doesn't analyse them all that well, and gets most of them wrong, but that's ok. Fords statement that "Solar Now produces more JOBS in the US then Coal", is clearly wrong. So what? others correct him, (it saves him the embarrassment of being wrong again) and that's ok. We all learn from each other. What he doesn't need is troll like you, with no facts, roping him into your stupidity. If you have nothing constructive to say, STFU! (Or better still, prove my facts wrong!).
          Elmo Biggins
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Marco Polo
          You can judge the growth and future price parity of a new energy market segment by nominal current year employment rates? Huh? How is this nonsense even a reply to anything in the Ford's post?? You've even added a couple straw man arguments that weren't even mentioned in the post you were responding to. Do they just let people run around trolling like this?
          EZEE
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Marco Polo
          BP? But they are racist, mean spirited, hateful homophobic, they starve children throw old people into the street, and force them to eat dog food, all the while standing around them, with their buddies from haliburton, thumping on their bibles. Oh, and that whole gulf of Mexico thing. Now, Dan will like me, because I speak truth to power, and he will hate you.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      What else is a EV maker going to say? He is certainly not going to say they'll flop. Solar will be big. I'm shocked by how much prices have dropped. If you are a competent DIYer, you can install a decent solar system on your house for less than $10K. It is the installation that costs a lot now.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      20 years is hardly incredibly optimistic. I consider that to be pessimistic but unfortunately probably realistically slow. folly of man being a given, they will drag it out as long as possible almost no matter the hardship it imposes on the world. we are 5 years into the revolution and so far only lame and greedy efforts from the automakers. 20 years can go by quickly that way. it's not a matter of time it is a matter of choices. what they choose to implement and how much you sheep object to their failure. the electric car has the potential to shine today and wont need 20 years to get 50%. it's in our hands. light and aerodynamic. in case you forgot
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only the fat cat investors desperately hold on to oil, ICE, banking and healthcare conventional thinking. Short term greed is what they are interested in. They will buy our congress continually and stall efforts to transform personal transportation to EV's and other changes that are good for the people but decrease their profits. They stall increases in taxes for themselves, and will be lobbying congress to change laws so they can pollute more with less regulation, they will lobby congress to take funding away from new innovations in transportation etcedera under the guise of reducing the deficit and create conventional jobs. This one percent, the richest of the rich investor types will lobby congress to turn CAFE standards back from what the current president obtained. What is good for corporations is good for America that is the typical rederick you will hear. History repeats itself. It doesn't matter that a EV is seven time more efficient than ICE. They will say, "let's use a new fuel and we can all continue to waste 80 percent of what we put into our fuel tanks because that is the American way". "Their you go again Mr President saying we have to conserve or put on sweaters in our homes. It is morning in America and we can turn up the heat in our homes and walk around naked. We can put bio fuel in our cars and waste fuel creating heat in our vehicles that will never be used and put people to work doing this" and on and on. The public will eat it up because they want jobs and the grid lock in Washington will not allow anything to be done to create jobs in the current political climate. The investors the wonderful investors, they and their vested interest are why no banking laws were changed, no health care will be affordable. The corporations are sitting on two trillion dollars in cash and they will not invest it until a republican is voted in that has there interest at hart instead of the people. The top one percent of investors run this country, if they can't they stall until they can. When they get the right guy in office they will invest their trillions and benevolently allow taxes to be raised on themselves as they will reap vasts profits in the economy they waited and stalled so long for. It is very obvious the rich control the republican party and will win the battle with the government that has the peoples interest at hart because people are suffering as a result of the stalling that has gone on. Doing nothing has worked for the republican party, if they get a man in the white house the purse strings will finally come off and everyone will think it is because of the guy in office. Thanks to the republican supreme court these investors can invest unlimited amounts in elections and do not have to identify themselves. Investors think short term greed not long term good of the country. Guess which party is the party of the investors. They belive in the trickle down theory.
        Ford Future
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        EVSuperHero is correct. There's something wrong with US Capitalism. It's become a form of CANCER on America. No National Policy is allowed to pass that will allow this country to Grow, and to Grow Out of oil & coal, and into solutions that will save us from the costs Texas is experiencing. Drought, farm and ranch bankruptcy, water shortage, foreclosures, economic collapse ongoing catastrophic short term policy, with our country is destroyed by Wall Street and the Koch Brothers.
          SealtestDark
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          I agree that we are being shortsighted - disastrously so. We need to unlearn some very bad habits before we hit a wall. Unfortunately money is made by turning as many possible negative consequences and costs into externalities. That way you aren't responsible for them and somebody else foots the bill (sometimes that somebody else is society as a whole, sometimes a future generation). Find a way to make people (and the companies they run) take responsibility for the world around them and you will cause what might be the most revolutionary change our species has seen in centuries (maybe millenia). Until we find a way to induce that clear-headed, thoughtful state where avarice and fear take a back seat Marco is right - check out that cave and watch out for bears :)
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          I believe there's a group of 'Survivalists' living in a cave in Montana, you join. (Unless they've been eaten by Pruis driving bears as roadkill!)
        sirvixisvexed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        EV and Ford Insight, Your core beliefs that you hold on to so dearly are that anyone trying to make money is not out to do good for others. The problem is that this is a load of crap. The reason everyone around you has food, shelter, electricity, running water, and transportation, is because SOMEONE WANTED TO MAKE MONEY. I did not build my residence, or my car, nor did I grow any of my food, I instead exchanged value to others so they would exchange that value to me. What you don't understand about yourselves is that the reason you tie money itself, a medium of exchange, to immorality; and the desire for money to be immoral, and its only uses to be immoral, show that what you actually are is too lazy, scared, and chicken sh** to go out and make lots and lots of it yourself. The reason you refuse to acknowledge moral uses for money is because you're too lazy, undisciplined, and chicken sh** to go make yourself millions over the course of your life. I don't believe oil companies are perfect either! But you already know the solution to fossil fuels, wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, wave power, etc! So what in god's name is stopping you from learning a high paying skill? Starting a simple small labor oriented business like painting, house/office cleaning, commercial cleaning, powerwashing, etc etc, which cost less than $500 and in some cases even $100 to get started, making 75-100k a year which is easily possible with any of those businesses, living below your means (which shouldn't be very hard for either of you since you're such enlightened and un-materialistic liberals) and then use the money you're banking to invest in some real estate rentals or other type of investments that you've extensively researched because you're disciplined, and then throwing $1 million or so after 20 years on as large of a solar array as it can get you? What if 100 enlightened snob liberals like yourselves did the same thing? Since you aren't greedy and don't care about profits, you would have no problem pooling together on a cool $100 million wind and solar array. You could easily live off of selling the power to people at a very reasonable rate. You could spend your life amassing wealth and being disciplined, in order to use it all at later in life on a huge green energy generation project, and ironically you'd be using the tools that the oil companies made possible (like anything with an engine and most plastics) in order to rise above them and not need them anymore. Oil companies just give us tools, tools that the disciplined use to wean THEMSELVES off of oil, but only a capitalist can see it this way, which is why they're the horses that pull society forward, and lazy chicken sh** snob liberals like yourselves whine and moan on the internet and never do anything about it, except drive a prius and recycle, because that's all you have the balls to do.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sirvixisvexed
          @Ezee While the rest is true, I 'm not racist! I'll throw any unfit, child labour, old persons, cripples into the street who can't put in a modest 18 hour day, in the workhouse, regardless of colour, race, or creed! Dog Food! that's a Sunday treat for the most productive! now, stop snivelling and get back to work.....
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sirvixisvexed
          @Marco Rofl!
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sirvixisvexed
          Sir Vix, Er,....of course you're mostly right! (Although, you evidently believe in plain speaking!):) But, you are doing EV superhero an injustice. He is one of a dedicated number of early EV adopters who went out and built themselves an EV, so his hearts in the right place. I suspect, EVsuperhero still believes in America and American values. It's just that he sees corruption and excess, failed policies and egotistical thieves like Enron, eroding a once great system, and forgets that these examples are only a small fraction of US capitalism. He fails to see the thousands of ethical hardworking American enterprises, still leading the world in innovation. Sir Vix, you and I are both free enterprise capitalists, firmly believing in each individual's right to reach his best potential, and achieve his aspirations with a minimum of government interference. I'm sure EV superhero, believes the same. Underneath all that outrage, he's just asking, like a lot of Americans, for legal and financial regulatory reform. Regulatory reform is the job of government. Without efficient rules, the market place and free enterprise can't function efficiently. In law, corporations are citizens. As citizens they are entailed to enjoy the fruits of their labour and equally free to share the responsibility for contributing to the maintenance of society. SealtestDark is quite right, it's in the interests of every citizen, corporate or private to ensure that ethical business standards are made profitable, and corruption discouraged.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sirvixisvexed
          Sir It is easier to blame others than accept responsibility for one's own plight. This is why I keep hammering 2wheeledmenace to build his electric bike. Where the smart bike is $4000, he built his for $700. He has it in him to be rich now. Also, remember something Mussolini said (I am paraphrasing slightly) 'logic and reasoning can be used as tools, but with the myth you can move mountains.' in other words, appeal to people's emotions and you get more done. So we just don't disagree with the oil companies, we mist believe they are evil! Just like insurance companies, drug companies, the chamber of commerce, etc. And comically, the people that say that will then say how open minded they are! One reason why I don't mind Marco. He usually uses rational thought to make points (then of course, all the people on his side call him a shill, evil, racist, starves children throws old people into the street, forces the, to eat dog food, all the while he stands there thumping on his bible - then one post later he says something theynagree with, and he is accepted back into the fold again).
          sirvixisvexed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sirvixisvexed
          Well stated Marco, and I did not know such things about EVsuperhero doing for himself to change things, great! The more the merrier, EV should do his best to spread this type of knowledge. And I cannot disagree with the fact that there are companies like you stated like enron and others who exploited people and were evil for sure, but as you and I believe, that does not ruin my or your belief regarding our own ability to achieve our personal financial and green goals. Capitalism is still the solution for one's own personal green future, regardless of oil companies. An oil company isn't going to stop me from buying a piece of property, and building a house on it with a fully solar roof, largeish wind turbine, large geothermal unit, and multiple EV's. and Ezee, well stated about 2wm! He has it in him to be rich now. So many people nowadays see a company or two among thousands doing irresponsible things, thus being rich or even anywhere close to the idea becomes tainted in their minds, which is a tragedy. I dream and strive to making (and not spending) lots of money so I can buy a $25,000+ geothermal furnace! And not worry about the cost of an EV or a solar roof, so I can say F opec and have a carbon footprint in the negative to boot. My end result is the same as a liberal's, a clean and green world, except our methods are polar opposite.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        @Ezee Sorry,....what was I thinking...
          sirvixisvexed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          LOL, come on, an 18 hour workday is far from modest, that sh** is easy! Do you have my dog food? I can't wait until dog TREATS at christmas time! (i know i know, only if i venture out into the woods naked in the snow with a small hand axe and return with a tree that's exactly 65 inches tall)
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Whew! That was quite a rant! Just two questions, ...are you aware that not all the cars in world are owned or made by by American's? Oh, and what is a 'redernick'?
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @Ezee Sorry,.....what was I thinking.....
          Smith Jim
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          I think he was trying to spell, "rhetoric".
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Marco, America is the root of all evil everywhere. There are no vehicles in any other country, and if there are, they either run on pop tarts while emitting rainbows out the backsidem or, the poor inhabitants drive the bad cars because George Bush forces them too. Get with the program, sheesh.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Ah, thank you Jim, that makes more sense!
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      50% is not a majority.
        Aaron Schwarz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        The article says "Musk; stating electric vehicles will make up the majority of New vehicles within two decades; Over 50 percent by 2031!"
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Marco, why are you always defending evil..
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      and btw I'm not Elmo Biggins. I don't post under any other name nor do I have someone do it. that's your paranoia.. and your warped mind in which noone could ever agree with me on anything. so it must be me..
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't like these long term predictions because it take 20 years to find if we are right or wrong. Do someone here predicted 20 years ago that there will be 3 electric cars on the market , leaf, volt and tesla ? if so then i will listen for your next prediction and can you tell me what exactly will happen on the 21 december 2012, will someone put on the market a new kind of car, truck or even a new biofuel . Anyway im risking a prediction for fun. In 2031 you will fuel your car with hydrogen and almost no cars will be pluggued. The actual turmoil is caused because as almost nobody is understanding enginneering but on my lead they try to find something, they make the mistake of thinking all together at the same time the same idealistic solution and politicians try to fix this mistake with some programs like the volt, tesla or leaf, As is it fun to do so, they put the brakes on the best solution leaded by chris m to continue endlessly to blog about it. In 2031 we will not blog about green cars because there will be real green car on the market made in india, and china and brazil and here we will starve because of chris m.
        Chris M
        • 4 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Well, my prediction is closer to Elon's, in 2031 most new cars will come with a plug, and hydrogen fueled cars will be considered a quaint historical oddity, the way we consider Stanley Steam cars today. Of course, its unlikely either one of us will remember these predictions 20 years from now. Nobody is going to starve because of me. I've got a garden with cherries and apples and plums and apricots and peaches and almonds and strawberries. Mmmm goood.
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