Tesla’s Elon Musk built a tunnel under Las Vegas (it’s both awesome and ridiculous)


You’re here (TSLA) – Get the Tesla Inc report CEO Elon Musk has always mixed innovative ideas with really silly ideas.

Musk created the world’s first electric vehicle company and was a pioneer in solar technology and aspects of the new space race. He also sold “S3XY” boxers, a flamethrower, and was an occasional champion for Dogecoin.

Musk may be trolling us all, or he may be unable to distinguish his good ideas from his bad. Either way, he’s a visionary who’s also a bit of a prankster and his Boring Co. seems to straddle that line.

On the one hand, The Boring Co. has a noble goal:

The Boring Company Creates Safe, Quick-to-Dig, Low-Cost Transportation, Utility and Freight Tunnels The Mission: Solve traffic, enable rapid point-to-point transportation, and transform cities.

On the other hand, its actual execution sometimes involves the use of a hammer to drive a nail. The Boring Co. may ultimately revolutionize the way people move in cities, but its project at the Las Vegas Convention Center takes proof of concept to an absurd level.

Elon Musk’s tunnel to nowhere

Musk plans to take traffic off the streets of crowded America’s cities and move it underground or in the air, though Boring Co. has yet to share any flying car solutions.

“To solve the problem of destructive traffic, roads must pass in 3D, which means that flying cars or tunnels are needed. Unlike flying cars, tunnels are weatherproof, out of sight and do not fall on you. head, ”the company said. explains on its website.

The collapse of the subways and tunnels hasn’t really been a problem, but Musk wants to be very clear that his company will be building the non-collapsed type of tunnels. Subways and underground solutions have been a response to traffic in many cities, but Musk believes he can build a better system.

To prove it, The Boring Company created a tunnel system under the LVCC.

The LVCC Loop System – a three-station transportation system consisting of 1.7 miles of tunnel – was built in about a year (using the old Godot tunnel boring machine). The cost of LVCC Loop was approximately $ 47 million (firm fixed price) for the two tunnels and three stations (two surface and one underground).

Yes, The Boring Co. has proven that it can build tunnels, and maybe it has proven that it can build them cheaper than its rivals, but its LVCC system replaces a long walk with a car system. Tesla commuting between people about a mile and a half from the property.

Convention attendees line up and an attendant directs them to a Tesla that takes them through the LVCC campus. It takes a few minutes and it’s easy to see how the whole system could be automated, but it’s also easy to see how a conveyor belt would have solved the problem without tunneling under the Earth.

Boring Co. has a big vision

While tunnels and subways aren’t new, Musk wants to make the process easier and cheaper. The Boring Co. believe they have already accomplished this with their Prufrock technology.

Prufrock is designed to build mega infrastructure projects in weeks instead of years. Prufrock is designed to tunnel at a speed of 1 mile per week, which is 6 times faster than the previous generation tunnel boring machine from The Boring Company (Godot-Plus). It’s still 4 to 5 times slower than a garden snail … but Prufrock is catching up!

This statement, taken from the company’s website, both celebrates and doesn’t care what Boring Co. can do. But, when you look a little deeper into the website, you can tell Musk has a plan here, even when he obscures it with photos of flamethrowers and tunnels that turn a long walk into a commute. inefficient car.

Currently, tunnels are very expensive to dig, with many projects costing between $ 100 million and $ 1 billion per mile. In order to make large tunnel networks feasible, tunneling costs must be reduced by a factor of more than 10, with TBC’s Loop tunnels currently valued at around $ 10 million per mile.

Ultimately, The Boring Co. could be an expensive stunt, but it’s a stunt that serves a logical purpose even if Musk’s Hyperloop – a sort of underground highway system – seems unlikely. And it’s easy to see how being able to tunnel cheaper can be both a viable business and a utility.


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