With an all star cast of executives and designers from the likes of Tesla, BMW, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Landrover and SpaceX, a new company called Faraday Future with 200 employees today are secretly building an electric vehicle to rival the king of electric cars, Tesla Motors. Based in Gardena, CA, projections are that their first vehicle will be on the market in 2017! Exciting times. http://wot.motortrend.com/1507_new_california_based_electric_car_company_emerges_faraday_future.html
Based upon research from the 2013 X-51A Waverider tests, a new hypersonic U.S. plane is planned for flight in 2023 at speeds five times the speed of sound! DARPA, the U.S. Defense Research Program also is continuing on its XS-1 experimental space plane program to launch satellites into space.
For about the cost of a Toyota Camry or Ford Explorer, you too can now join the ranks of eco-conscious automobile owners! The Tesla Model 3 will have a range of 200 miles on a single charge, and its $35k price is happy news for the rest of us 99% folks. http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Tesla-Model-3-Price-35260180
In its move into the private jet business, Honda has conducted its first maiden flight of its HondaJet near its world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. The $4.5 milllion five-seater business jet has already had over 100 pre-orders and is expected to go on sale next year! http://news.yahoo.com/hondas-first-jet-takes-skies-121617300.html
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA has announced the test launch of its saucer shaped Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle. The test flight at U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii will evaluate a new balloon-assisted launch technology of the future! http://www.space.com/26100-nasa-flying-saucer-mars-landing-test-launch.html
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has been approved for flights by the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. Virgin Galactic plans to have maiden flights of its Space Ship Two to the edge of space for its pre-paid space tourists by end of 2014! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27628476
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has announced the Dragon V2, the first commercial manned reusable spacecraft. Designed to land vertically back down to Earth, the 7 seater spaceship can be refueled and ready to go back into space the same day!
GrabTaxi, the taxi-hailing app for Southeast Asia, has just raised a $15 million round of investment to fuel their growth. With demand in Singapore and Bangkok Thailand growing, GrabTaxi has been downloaded 1.2 million times, with 250,000 registered users using the app at least once a month to hail cabs! http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/28/grabtaxi-raises-15m-series-b-led-by-ggv-capital/
You know you’re old when the hover craft you saw in the very first Star Wars movie is a reality at $85,000 a pop. To be released in 2017, the Aero-X by California based Aerofex Corp uses two carbon fiber rotors to lift 2 passengers up 10 feet in the air and goes 45 miles per hour for 75 minutes! http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/14/aerofex-aero-x-hoverbike-pre-order/
Volvo has announced plans to build an electric charging network for electric buses in the eco-friendly city of Gothenburg in Sweden. The inductive charging stations can recharge a bus to full capacity in 8 minutes and is scheduled for public use mid-2015! http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/27/volvo-building-an-electric-roadway-to-charge-buses/