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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
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100Level, Nigeria.

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Elon Musk has been revolutionizing the tech
industry for years now. Even with his insanely
successful businesses, Musk hasn’t let money
blind the importance of helping the earth and
environment.

To emphasize this, when Elon Musk graduated
university, he had the opportunity to pursue a
successful career in video game development.
However, he chose to set out after a calling
that would benefit the rest of the world and
leave a lasting impression.

To fully appreciate some of the things he’s
done; let’s check out the top accomplishments
of Elon Musk.

Tesla


Elon Musk has been vehemently against the use
of fossil fuels, so it only makes sense that he
created his own electric vehicle manufacturing
company in 2003. Musk has always wanted to
change how the world sees energy, and making
electric cars that are accessible to most
average people.

Starting out, his vehicles were only affordable
for the upper class with the lowest prices
sitting at $80k. However, Elon Musk knew that
the more people had access to his electric
cars, the better it would be for the world as a
whole. As of now, the cheapest Tesla car you
can purchase is the Model 3, which starts at
just $31k which is much more affordable for
the middle class.

For those who drive Tesla’s in the United
States, each car gets about 650 pounds of
greenhouse gas savings. The accumulative
savings of the 90,000 Tesla cars that have been
sold in the U.S., is about 33 million pounds in
greenhouse gas prevention!

Gigafactories


Another effort to encourage the world towards
the direction of sustainable energy comes in
the form of his gigafactories. These factories
are designed to be entirely self-sufficient,
running off of both solar and wind energy.

The first gigafactory spans across almost 10-
million square miles in the desert just outside
of Reno, Nevada. The purpose of designing
these factories is for the mass production of
lithium ion batteries needed for the equally
energy effective Tesla vehicles. Designing these
factories cut the cost of assembly for Tesla
batteries by 30%.

The benefit of mass-production of these
battery packs, is that is also helps in the mass
production of the Tesla cars. Doing this drops
the costs vastly, and makes them available to
more people, which in turn helps the
environment!

While the first gigafactory opened in Nevada,
there is another operational gigafacory in New
York, and plans to open more across the
world.

SpaceX


With the looming threat of global warming,
Elon Musk set out to create an alternative
fallback just in case we reach the point of
worldwide disaster. And so, SpaceX was born in
in 2002 with the end goal of furthering
humans towards becoming a multi-planet
species. One of Musk’s biggest aspirations has
always been to be able to send people in to
space and successfully colonize Mars.

After failing a few times to launch the Falcon 1
rocket into orbit, the SpaceX team finally
succeeded with the fourth launch. After this
success, the near-bankrupt company gained
attention and support, which kept the company
from going under.

The next big feat occurred in 2012 by being
the first ever private company to deliver cargo
to and from the International Space Station.

Before, this was only something ever
completed by governments.
SpaceX priorities include improving
accessibility and commercialization of space
travel, which they are well on their way to
accomplishing.

The Boring Company


Although this started out as a side hobby, Elon
Musk’s venture, The Boring Company, has big
aspirations. Focused around new methods of
transportation, The Boring Company has set
out to improve gridlock in major cities by
creating underground alternatives.

Rather than envisioning a future with flying
cars which would encounter problems like
weather, noise, and safety of pedestrians, Musk
argues that tunnels are a better solution.

Taking this route would mean that construction
will not affect communities because it’s all
underground. Additionally, it won’t have much
impact on current city structures.

Part of this dream includes connecting major
cities that are relatively near to each other,
like Los Angeles and San Francisco. This brings
us to the Hyperloop. Some scientists have said
it’s an unrealistic goal; however Elon Musk has
proven doubters wrong before, time and again.

The Hyperloop would be a high-speed and
long-distance method of transport, consisting
of pods zooming through tubes at 700 mph.

On top of this, Musk intends the Hyperloop to
be solar powered. This would dramatically
lower the cost of transportation between major
cities while being environmentally more
effective than flying.

The best part is that the Hyperloop would cost
only $6 billion dollars, while a high-speed rail
would cost around $68 billion.

Musk Foundation


On top of everything, Elon Musk has his own
foundation. While it isn’t the most well-known
of his subsidiaries, it still does what it can to
help the world. With modest annual donations
ranging from $200k to $600k per year, many
of the donations tends to go towards disaster
relief.

Of course, in typical Musk fashion, many other
donations go towards helping clean-energy,
such as solar-powered systems donated around
the world, and the development of science
education.

In order to be as efficient and cost-effective as
possible, the company website is simply a
plain, non-flashy page with a list of where the
grant money goes to:

- Renewable energy research and advocacy

- Human space exploration research and advocacy

- Pediatric research

- Science and engineering education

- Development of safe artificial intelligence to benefit humanity

With a point blank mission statement, there’s
no left wondering where your donation would
go.

Even with a demanding schedule between
running multiple companies, it’s impressive to
see Elon Musk successful with each one.
On
top of that, Musk has refused his Tesla salary
in order to have as much money as possible
going to forward the advancement of electric
cars.

While it’s great to have someone leading the
rally against global warming, there’s still a long
way to go before we’re on course for a
sustainable future. But we can take the efforts
of someone like Elon Musk to use as inspiration
for where the right direction is!

www.thefactsite.com/elon-musk-accomplishments/

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