Amidst rumours that Elon Musk is starting to switch his focus to a SpaceX mission to Mars, he has emphatically said that he will be keeping his feet on the ground and focusing on Tesla for the time being.
At a Tesla investors’ call, Musk was asked whether he would be spending more time focusing on the mission to Mars? He said, “I expect to remain with Tesla essentially forever, unless somebody kicks me out. So that remains my intention. And I have been pursuing the Mars thing at SpaceX and sustainable energy at Tesla for a long time, simultaneously.”
Mission to Mars
In September last year, Musk announced that there could be a manned mission to Mars as soon as 2022, with regular trips taking place thereafter: “What I really want to try to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible – like it’s something we can achieve in our lifetimes.”
SpaceX has become a world leader in private space missions, with regular supply trips to the International Space Station. The mission to Mars would be a different order of magnitude however, with Musk himself saying that it could cost as much as $10 billion to get one person there.
Musk believes that we should become an interplanetary species in order to survive what he believes to be a certain mass extinction event of humanity due to our destruction of the planet. Although working on escaping the Earth, Musk seems to be hell-bent on saving it through his Tesla cars and batteries.
Musk is focusing on his twin passions – space exploration and driving a revolution in electric cars. In the coming months, mass production of the Tesla Model 3 is about to begin, and this will understandably take a lot of his personal resources. His personal mission is to make electric vehicles as popular as fossil fuel-powered vehicles, and the Model 3 is key to this dream. Tesla however is haemorrhaging money as he retools his California factory to build the new car, and it won’t make a decent profit for some time.
Could a low price, zero emissions car save the world? It could certainly tackle global carbon emissions, something that is warming the climate very quickly.
It seems that as long as there is hope, Musk will focus on saving the planet and potentially only leave it when the die is cast for humanity…
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