Elon Musk was speaking in public once more, this time at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles’ posh Bel Air neighborhood. Most of the dialog, with Steve Davis of the Boring Company, gave the impression to be geared toward reassuring neighbors concerning the completely experimental tunnel. Before the assembly, the LA Metro confirmed they have been working with the Boring Company on the take a look at.
Musk has a imaginative and prescient of mass transit that has “pods” that transport as much as 16 passengers at $1 per individual. He mentioned this on the assembly, too, nevertheless it’s additionally info that reveals up within the Boring Company’s FAQ, Tweets, and Instagram posts. “Soul-destroying site visitors” is how Musk is planning to model LA’s transportation system, because it was repeated throughout the presentation each aloud and on a slide. The phrase additionally happens inside the first 10 phrases of the FAQ. Previously, Musk has mentioned that taking a pod will value lower than a bus ticket; tonight the associated fee was pegged at $1. He again offered free rides for anybody who wished to check his tunnel.
For these of us who should not fancy sufficient to dwell wherever close to Musk’s take a look at tunnel, there was information too — about bricks, locomotives operating with Tesla Model three engines, and flamethrower supply.
About the bricks
I’ve been masking this man for years now and I believe he would possibly genuinely be extra enthusiastic about his bricks than Mars? Anyway the deal is that a part of what makes boring very gradual is that the dust displaced by the tunnel must be eliminated. Musk’s bricks are made by compressing that dust at excessive pressures, plus a little bit little bit of concrete. “And then you will have bricks which can be rated for California seismic masses,” Musk mentioned.
He is worked up about promoting the bricks, for “like 10 cents a brick or one thing like that,” he advised the group. “And they’re actually nice bricks. You can, like, construct homes with them and issues.” He prefers them to cinderblock, which is “tough and grainy;” Musk bricks are “extremely easy.” And then, Musk launches right into a paen to the bricks, which he views as incomparable: “These are bricks which can be method higher than any bricks I’ve ever seen at a development website.” They might be, for reasonably priced housing, “actually compelling.”
They are additionally sturdy — with a PSI of 5,000, which doesn’t actually imply something to me personally, however is how one measures the compression power of bricks. Musk mentioned this was stronger than cinder blocks. Is it really? I don’t know, I’m a science reporter, not a cinder block skilled. Ask Masonry Magazine. Musk additionally enthused about promoting the bricks in life-sized Lego kits, beginning with a pyramid and the temple of Horus.
The most animated Musk seems just about ever is when he’s speaking about cash. The viewers is advised 15 to 20 p.c of the price of the tunnel is actually eradicating displaced muck, placing it in vans and sending it… someplace. Even if the bricks are given away, simply not having to pay for muck processing makes it cheaper. I wager Musk picks up pennies when he sees them on the bottom.
Muck elimination brings us to the trains, that are — shock! — one other cost-saving measure. I actually need him to do my taxes. “We made an electrical locomotive,” Musk says. “A battery-powered locomotive, to be exact.”
It’s utilizing batteries and engines from the Tesla Model three. (There is a long and complicated saga about Model 3 production, a few of it specifically regarding the batteries.) This strikes 1 / 4 million kilos of dust per load, Musk mentioned. But there’s just one; the opposite places all use diesel engines, that are unhealthy for the fume-type causes. “I type of assume we’re the primary to make use of a battery-powered locomotive of that measurement,” he mentioned.
The Boring Company will probably be delivering its flamethrowers beginning in two weeks, Musk mentioned. There have been “supply challenges,” he mentioned — nobody likes delivery issues with propane, it seems. The resolution is “customized supply to your home or enterprise, with a Boring Company van.” There was no dialogue of cost-savings.