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Tesla can make an electric "minibus" based on Model 3

A few years ago it was possible to meet ina society of people who asked who Elon Musk was and thought that Tesla was just the name of a famous scientist from the past. The recent successes of the Mask companies and the widespread distribution of his electric vehicles have led to the fact that now almost everyone knows about him, and his bold demeanor once again brings to mind him. Sometimes they talk about him not because of what he did or said, but because of his potential developments. For example, now there is information that he can release not a new type of transport, but namely an electric minibus based on the Tesla Model 3, which will travel at a speed of more than two hundred kilometers per hour. What it is?

Perhaps this is what the wagon will cut through the new tunnels.


  • 1 New Tesla Project
  • 2 Tesla Passenger Van
  • 3 How much does the new Boring Company tunnel cost
  • 4 What is Elon Musk striving for

New Tesla Project

Reportedly, a new 12-seater electricTesla's van will be part of a large project approved by San Bernardino County, California. The local transport agency voted for the project, and one of the companies Ilona Mask should implement it.

This company is the Boring Company, whichIt is engaged in drilling tunnels and laying communications in them, as a rule, for transport purposes. In this case, it will be a high-speed tunnel that will connect the city center with the airport.

As expected, the tunnel will begin atCucamong Ranch and will run to Ontario Airport. San Bernardino County Supervisor Kurt Hagman told reporters after the vote that it was initially suggested that ordinary Tesla cars be driven in tunnels, but then added that both of Mask's companies are working on a large van.

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Tesla Passenger Van

In addition to a place for 12 passengers, you canwill put luggage, and such vehicles will be able to move at a speed of 127 miles per hour (about 204 kilometers per hour). However, neither Tesla nor the Boring Company have yet commented on the construction and design of the new transport infrastructure.

According to rumors, the new van will be built at the baseTesla Model 3. It is interesting how this project will be implemented if Model 3 is a fairly compact car, and it will not be easy to build a full-fledged van on its basis. It is one thing to change the shape of the body on the trolley and it is quite another to build a fundamentally different car, which should have a much larger payload and a larger size. One thing is for sure - the van will be autonomous.

We have already talked about this van before, but so far it has not been put into operation.

If we talk more about the tunnel itself, then itthe length will be 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) and it will pass at a depth of 35 feet (10.5 meters). Due to the speed of movement, which will be more than 200 kilometers per hour, the airport can be reached in about one and a half to two minutes.

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How much does the new Boring Company tunnel cost

The county government is confident that the costthe construction of such a tunnel will be approximately $ 60 million. Earlier, instead of this project, it was proposed to create a light rail system, which was supposed to cost the district about 1-1.5 billion dollars. The difference is more than obvious.

If the Boring Company negotiates with officials andwill be engaged in work on this project, this will be the third such achievement of the company. The company is currently building a tunnel connecting all the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Previously, the company also engaged in a project for Chicago's O’Hara International Airport.

Airport Chicago O'Hare.

What is Elon Musk striving for

It’s hard to say that such a construction couldto be the ultimate goal of such an ambitious businessman as Elon Musk. Most likely, this will only be a starting point in a long way. Agree that 4.5 kilometers is nothing. This is the distance that, if necessary, can be overcome on foot. I myself once at Munich Airport was forced to walk about the same amount when I was late for the plane, and the train stopped at the previous station and it was unclear when he would go again. By and large, even with a suitcase, I did not feel any discomfort, except in a hurry. It's me that such a distance is very small. But, as the beginning of something more significant, this is really a breakthrough.

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Hone technology and learn how to build similartunnels, you can cover them with great distances. For example, you can build them under straits or rivers, as well as cross entire cities in order to connect large airports, if there are several of them in the city. Examples of such cities are New York, Moscow, London and others.

This car is good on its own, and if it degenerates into an underground van, it will be really cool!

Just imagine going from Sheremetyevo toDomodedovo by train, metro and travel. Given city traffic, the road may take two hours. How much can you save by driving underground in a straight line at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour?

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The direct distance between these airportsis 70 kilometers. At the indicated speed it can be overcome in 20 minutes. Even if you throw 5 minutes to accelerate and decelerate, as well as 5 minutes to a general decrease in average speed, you get 30 minutes. For comparison, only Aeroexpress from the city center takes about 45 minutes to Domodedovo, except that it is less than half the way. So consider what prospects this opens up for travelers in the very near future.

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