The highly anticipated and widely followed product launches of the West generally belong to smartphones and gadgets. The hysteria and hype over the launch of, say a new iPhone, is unparalleled. But recently Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, took the stage in front of a cheering and bubbling crowd of journalists and customers to unveil an electric sedan vehicle dubbed Model 3. The cheers were for the man, who is highly respected worldwide for his futuristic vision of mankind, and for the ‘product’ itself: a sassy, all-electric, self-driving and affordable sedan car that promises to seduce the world away from fossil fuels.
Elon and Tesla:
For the uninitiated, Elon Musk is widely hailed as one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time. He has founded and led path-breaking companies like Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, and SolarCity. All of them have had an underlying theme of building products for the future, and a vision to sustain humanity in the universe. One of Musk’s most innovative companies has been Tesla Motors, named after the iconic inventor Nikola Tesla. The company has a stated goal to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport. It seeks to make electric cars go mainstream and completely replace the conventional gasoline cars which release toxic gases and lead to global warming. To that end, it has made compelling electric cars that are high on performance and style, in order to bring them at par with gasoline cars.
Excitingly, the recent models from Tesla Motors, the Model S, and Model X, have proved to be better than traditional cars, with features like self-drive capabilities, tablet display on the dashboard, ridiculously fast acceleration and ample of cargo space. Combined with the fact that they don’t run on costly fuel and can be charged for free at company’s own charging stations, Tesla Motors has really brought electric cars into focus that have been generally viewed as ugly, congested and less-efficient.
The Model 3 is the company’s latest and most affordable electric car. Priced at $35,000 (around Rs. 23 lakh), the Model 3 is at least two times cheaper than the next higher priced Model S. It is certainly the most important milestone in the company’s strategy as it aims to provide an eco-friendly mode of transportation to an ever-expanding middle-class. Some of the major features of Model 3 are:
1. A range of 215 miles (350 km) on a single charge, which Elon Musk expects to increase in further iterations of the car,
2. An eye-popping acceleration of 0-100km/h in 6 sec, which again is said to be the bare minimum the car will have,
3. Autopilot, with capabilities, to steer the wheel and change lanes automatically,
4. A 5-star rating in all safety categories, which is pretty much desired by everyone,
5. Room for five adults and ample of cargo space in both rear and ‘front’ trunk (possible because of absence of combustion engine in the front),
6. A full glass sunroof, which gives the feeling of openness and looks great, and
7. Powered by state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries that can charge on any standard voltage connector in any country.
Judging by the above specifications and the initial reviews pouring in from websites, the Model 3 does seem to have live up to its intended goal of making electric cars cool and mainstream. The price of the car is enticing enough for a middle-class user to buy it, especially in the US where electric cars are given subsidies by the government. As of now, Tesla Motors is taking preorders at a down-payment of $1,000, and not surprisingly, it has amassed orders worth $7.5 billion within 24 hours of going on sale.
Headed to India:
The Model 3 is also the first Tesla to be coming to India! Confirmed by Elon Musk himself on Twitter, the snazzy electric car, in all probability, is headed to India. This is a great news for Tesla fans and Elon fans, and also a welcome change in the Indian automobile landscape. The entry of Tesla Motors will force other companies to adopt similar technologies, and with financial support from the Indian government, electric cars can become very much conventional in India. This is something which is desperately needed here, given that Indian cities have continuously ranked as world’s most polluted cities, and have been forced to adopt drastic measures like Delhi’s odd-even.
Tesla Unveils Model 3
The Logical Indian congratulates Tesla Motors and the man behind it, Elon Musk, for succeeding in making an electric car for the masses which can really change the global automotive scenario besides strengthening the fight against climate change given the fact automobile industry fuelled by fossil fuels contributes significantly to carbon emissions of the world.
“Researchers Find 12,000 Pieces Of Microplastic Per Litre Of Arctic Ice”
“80-Kg Polythene Waste Removed From Cow’s Stomach After A Three-Hour Surgery”
“Pacific Garbage Patch Is Now Three Times The Size Of France”
These are a few news headlines from the past couple of months. No matter how much we try to deny it, over the course of time, plastic has become a part and parcel of our lives and it is destroying the environment and also endangering lives of animals.
While we have been made to believe that plastic is an indispensable part of our lives, it is destroying everything around us. According to UN Environment, about one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute around the world. Also, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. This means that almost half of the plastic created in the world is thrown away after a single-use.
All this plastic now ends up either in landfills or in the ocean. The marine life is heavily endangered because of plastic. Reports of aquatic animals dying of plastic pollution are increasing every day. A study from 2015 found around 44,000 incidences of animals getting entangled in plastic debris since 1960s. Plastic, that disintegrates into smaller pieces, are often eaten by smaller fish, which the ultimately ends up in our stomach. That is carcinogenic for human beings.
It is in this context that Indiabulls Home Loans has decided to do its bit and contribute to a plastic free environment. Setting the tone in its own offices, the company has decided to do away with single-use plastic bags and bottles at work.
As a special Independence Day initiatives, they have come up with a beautiful video #PlasticSeAzaadi. In the video, set against the backdrop of an Independence Day celebration at school children discuss the demerits of plastic use and how it is detrimental to the environment.
As with many important matters in life, it is children who recognize the right path and set the example. If they can, then why it is that adult can’t?
The Logical Indian appreciates Indiabulls Home Loansfor such a noble and necessary initiative to make our world a better place. We might not realize now, but the effects of excessive plastic could lead to ultimate destruction of Earth. We are ready to give up plastic, are you?