The three-point seat belt was a big step forward in vehicle safety in an era where such issues weren’t generally the highest priority for manufacturers. In a move that would stun and baffle modern corporate interests, Volvo did the world a favor by opening the patent to other manufacturers to improve safety. Eventually public consciousness caught up with automotive safety standards, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was formed.
Throughout years of testing, a select few cars have garnered five-star safety ratings, including, probably not coincidentally, some automobiles built by Volvo. New manufacturer Tesla Motors, co-founded by Elon Musk, whom you may have heard of in connection with SpaceX and the Hyperloop, has received the highest ever safety rating from the NHTSA for its Tesla Model S. Continue reading
The US isn’t really known for the quality of its public mass transit. While we have trains, planes and buses aplenty, the system is nothing like that offered in Europe. Some parts of the country are better than others, but overall, Americans love their cars more than they love the idea of efficient mass transit.
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, believes the US can do better. His vision for the mass transit of the future is called the Hyperloop; a solar-powered, earthquake-safe system that relies on high speed pods zipping through an enclosed tube to move travelers to their destination. Continue reading
Electric vehicle enthusiasts are dismayed at reports that Tesla’s much-touted Roadster, if left unplugged for as little as a few weeks, could experience catastrophic battery failures, costing owners tens of thousands of dollars.
The initial reporting on the issue came from Michael DeGusta, who runs The Understatement blog. In the original post, DeGusta outlines what he considers a serious design flaw in the original Tesla Roadster: should the battery ever be totally discharged, he says it renders the vehicle immobile and has to be replaced — at a cost of approximately $40,000. Continue reading