Tesla (TSLA) Stock: What’s Elon Musk Up to?

Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says

Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says

The automaker's CEO tweeted over the weekend that the all-electric $200,000 Roadster will be offered with a SpaceX option package that includes approximately "10 small rocket thrusters" installed around the auto that will improve its performance and "maybe will even allow a Tesla to fly".

Musk later clarified that the thrusters on the Roadster will be "pure electric", ruling out any fuel-based boosters in the all-electric sports vehicle.

Musk in a tweet highlighted the arrival of Version 9.0. "Tesla Autopilot does not prevent all accidents-such a standard would be impossible-but it makes them much less likely to occur", the March blog said.

Elon Musk plans to equip a new version of the Tesla Roadster with "around 10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around vehicle", he said in a tweet, adding that this arrangement will substantially improve the car's acceleration, allow it to achieve higher top speed, and also improve braking and cornering.

As it turns out, he wasn't.

Pressure for the thrusters will be generated on-board via electric air pumps and composite-overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs). It will be composed of a sophisticated bottle which contains ultra high-pressure air that could be released for thrust.

Don't miss: What Happens in "GLOW" Season 2? The new Roadster starts at $200,000 and is expected to arrive in 2020.

The objective of the new version of the Roadster, according to Musk himself, is to take away the "halo crown" from gasoline cars in all aspects of performance. Even without thrusters, the Roadster is expected to hit 62 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds.

"Trade is just that Roadster becomes a 2 seater instead of a 2+2".

The "SpaceX" option would therefore replace the back seating.

Michael Sanchez, who has worked at Tesla since 2012 and is now on medical leave, said he was asked to leave by security guards and a supervisor while handing out leaflets to colleagues outside a Tesla facility in February 2017. Pre-orders have begun and require a $50,000 deposit. 20,000 of the products, officially called "Not a Flamethrower" have been sold to help raise money for the Boring Company's underground drilling venture.

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