“He’s made his billions from PayPal and the internet. Invested a large chunk of it on building rockets to take us into space, and worries mankind might be wiped out by advances in artificial intelligence. Meet the inventor, engineer and businessman Elon Musk.” So starts a recent BBC4 Profile piece on Elon Musk 
I was intrigued by the man behind all this following an eye-opening visit with Woking Chamber of Commerce to the Weybridge Tesla dealership.
The cars are something else: electrically powered with a range of up to 260 miles, acceleration of between 6 and 2.6 seconds to 60 mph depending on model, a fast charge of 20 minutes providing half range ‘fuel’ stops, there was until recently a price threshold of around £60k – but in the next year there’s a more affordable model similar in size to an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series at around $35k (yet to be announced). Though with pre-sale orders for this new model already at 400,000 deposits, it will be that all encompassing breakthrough of clean electric transport. With 8 year life guarantee batteries and self driving already included. And the rest.
And now Elon Musk has just “launched a billion dollar fund to help researchers keep ahead of technology before it finishes us off for good.” He really does want to help humanity and our planet.
This is not the start of the story, nor is it the end. There will be much much more.
In the meantime, well worth a visit to Tesla for a free demo and understand just the tip of this amazing story.