What Could a Tesla City Look Like?

April 5, 2017

11:20 am

When he founded PayPal, we knew he was a skilled entrepreneur with his finger on the pulse of the business world. When he decided to take on self-driving cars, we knew that the roads would never be the same. When he made up his mind about creating a viable solar option for homes, we knew that sustainability was finally within reach. And if Elon Musk sets his sights on rebuilding entire cities, you know you’ll be on board.

When you look at all of Elon Musk’s innovative accomplishments, it’s hard to argue that he’d make a pretty great city. Not only would it have a carbon footprint the size of a toddler, but it would also be the hi-tech ecosystem we’ve been dreaming of since The Jetsons. So what would a Tesla City look like? Let’s see:

Self-Driving Cars

Let’s be honest: if the city of the future has traffic, you can keep it. Fortunately, self-driving cars, like those being produced by Tesla, would not only unburden your commute, but would also create a safer city for drivers and pedestrians.

“Self-driving vehicles will play a crucial role in improving transportation safety and accelerating the world’s transition to a sustainable future,” wrote the Tesla team in a recent post.

This revolution won’t be exclusive to personal vehicles. With self-driving tech getting more and more advanced as the days go on, public transportation options will become more viable and efficient than ever before.

Sustainable Buildings

Efficient, affordable solar power has been a pipe dream of the green tech industry for years. Fortunately, with the announcement of the Tesla Solar Roof, it finally appears the solar energy for individual homes is a possibility. And with aesthetically pleasing products that are more affordable than a regular roof, it seems like a bit of a no-brainer.

Again, in a city setting, these roofs would be on every building rather than just individual homes. This would provide an unprecedented amount of solar energy that could power an entire city. Plus, with heavy duty tiles like those offered by Tesla, even the tallest building could withstand a storm.

Hyperloop Subways

Do you need to get to work in less than two minutes? Probably not, but it couldn’t hurt. With Hyperloop technology being improved every day, it’s only a matter of time before this frictionless mode of transportation could be used in cities across the country.

“You’ve got boats, planes, cars, trains,” said Shayan Malik, who runs Virginia Tech’s Hyperloop team at the SpaceX’s Los Angeles headquarters. “But this is the next big thing.”

No, Hyperloop technology is not going to replace subway stops that are three blocks apart, if only because they move too fast. But for express trains during the morning rush or a cross city tunnel for out of town visitors, a subway that moves this fast could make life a whole lot easier in the big city.

Read more about Elon Musk here on Tech.Co

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at conor@tech.co.

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