Tesla Trailblazing for Alternative Energy

Tesla Trailblazing for Alternative Energy

With the world population exceeding seven billion inhabitants, humanity is growing at a rapid rate. An increased number of families raises the demands for homes, cars, and additional products. All of this growth comes with a cost. Enormous energy demands are placed on countries such as the United States and Australia, with citizens yearning for cheap energy. Additionally, countries are seeking energy sources that have a smaller carbon footprint. Combining these two goals is often challenging, with many renewable resources being inefficient or costly. Excited to tackle this challenge, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, invests in ventures around the world on electric power; his company's success could create a solution that is closer to reducing carbon emissions.

Tesla is truly one of a kind with the only distinguished electric car on the market. Released in 2008, the Tesla roadster led the path to the more popular Model S. The Model S became popular  by having five seats, as opposed to the two-seat roadster. With these two products as the launching pad, Tesla has emerged as a promising company in the automotive market.

Recently, Tesla released its electric semi-truck.  Detailing the aspects of the new product to a crowd of interested supporters, Musk boasted of the semi-truck’s uniqueness.  In five seconds, the truck can reach 60 miles per hour with an empty trailer; carrying a full trailer, the truck can reach 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds.  This acceleration is far quicker than a typical diesel-powered truck. Tesla’s semi-truck can cover 500 miles with a full load on the highway, Musk claims. Truckers might be skeptical of transitioning to an electric truck, but the lack of a diesel engine gives a more spacious cabin, where the driver is seated in the middle. Having a seat in the middle of the cabin gives the driver space on his sides for GPS monitors. Additionally, the driver will be equipped with Tesla’s navigation system that can utilize semi-autonomous control, called AutoPilot. If Musk’s truck design gains popularity, significant reductions in carbon emissions will ensue due to the prevalence of trucking. Musk is energized about the prospects of his company, with innovations in the semi-truck being a fraction of the development.

In Australia, Tesla completed a contract to provide local communities with reliable energy. The battery installed in Australia will certainly help, but is far from a complete solution. South Australia faces problematic electricity supply, experiencing blackouts in the summer. Searching for sources to meet their needs, southern Australia has had to open access to energies outside of renewable sources. The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, has had to open policies in favor of coal in order to meet demands of his population. Still requiring the use of coal to meet energy demands is a frustration Australians are voicing. Full sustainability with alternative energies has yet to be accomplished.The product Tesla delivered is capable of storing energy from a local wind farm. Capable of supplying 30,000 homes with power for one hour, this installation will alleviate some of the energy demand in the community. Locals are eager to reap the benefits of this new new installation over time.  

Observing the technological innovation of Tesla, and companies like it, is encouraging. However, this progress is not without roadblocks. Tesla has mountains to climb in order to establish itself as a competitive alternative to gasoline cars. Tesla has to come out with a more affordable model. Countries are seeking to lower carbon emissions in hopes that air pollutants decrease and consumers don’t exacerbate the warming climate with further use of fossil fuels. Incorporating the entire population into renewable energy is the issue.

Seeking to evolve energy dependencies away from fossil fuels and toward green energy is desired by many countries. Scientists fear prolonged carbon emissions into the atmosphere, especially with the expanding population. More people on the planet using carbon fuel emits even more pollutants into the atmosphere. More companies need to emerge to challenge the likes of Tesla, to create competition with each other to the benefit of consumers in a free market.  Just as Apple needed Microsoft, Tesla needs competitors for the success of new products.

Ingenuity of the free market cannot be compared to a government initiative punishing carbon consumption. Government is not capable of producing better products cheaper over time through competition. Advocates for a more stable environment often push legislation punishing use of fossil fuels and limiting their production. Punishing people for consuming fossil fuels without affordable alternatives gives no practical alleviation to the crisis.

The innovations of the electric truck and wind battery displayed by Tesla have consumers excited seeing more forms of green energy available. Introduction of a new semi-truck show increased availability of electric transportation. Successfully planting a new wind storing battery in South Australia has demonstrated progress for home energy. Finding new energy sources, especially with the inefficiencies and costliness of current green energy sources is burdensome. Ramming legislation through government which forces consumers to purchase alternative energy is the wrong solution; consumers will likely move willingly to green energy if the cost is low enough.  A free market with multiple companies fighting for consumers is the only possible solution to ensuring a population with cheap and affordable energy. Future developments of Tesla, and companies like it, are deeply needed by not only the Unites States, but the world at large.


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