Tesla chief and all round genius Elon Musk has been speaking about his idea for an electrically powered aeroplane.
For some reason, the whole concept of electric aeroplanes sounds like a comically bad idea, right up there with chocolate teapots. But it’s that sort of narrow thinking that leaves you and I scrapping out a living and Elon Musk raking in the millions.
Musk has been mulling over an idea for an electric plane for a good six or seven years now, and he revealed (via Engadget) that he had returned to the idea at a recent Q&A session at the recent at the Hyperloop Pod competition awards ceremony.
Asked what his next big idea was, Musk had this to say:
“I have been thinking about the vertical takeoff and landing electric jet a bit more. I think I have something that might close. I’m quite tempted to do something about it.”
You can view the video of the event at the bottom of the page.
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You might thing that this is a slightly daunting or unusual idea, but coming from Musk it automatically becomes a lot more plausible.
After all, this is the man who created desirable luxury electric cars and commercially viable space flight, and who set the ball rolling on a transport system that fires people through giant tubes. Keep your eyes – but presumably not your ears – to the skies on this one.