Top Tesla Tweets of the Week, February 10: Transportation and Beyond

The week on Twitter started out kinda shaky for Tesla, Inc.’s CEO Elon Musk, who experienced significant pushback from progressives. They have been critiquing Musk’s role on two Trump advisory boards. The upheaval came after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced he was stepping down from the same board of business advisers due to customer discontent. Kalanick assured his staff that his participation “was not meant to be an endorsement of the President or his agenda.” Musk disagreed, tweeting on February 5 that “activists should be pushing for more moderates to advise President, not fewer. How could having only extremists advise him possibly be good?” Musk also issued a more detailed press statement, clarifying his role as a Trump adviser.

My goals are to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and to help make humanity a multi-planet civilization, a consequence of which will be the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs and a more inspiring future for all. I understand the perspective of those who object to my attending this meeting, but I believe at this time that engaging on critical issues will on balance serve the greater good.

Elon Musk

The Twitter feeds then took a 180-degree shift for Tesla after Motor Trend announced on February 7 that the Tesla Model S P100DL set the Motor Trend all-time world record to 60 mph in 2.27 seconds. As if that were not enough, the vehicle also tested the fastest 0 to 30 mph, 0 to 40 mph, and 0 to 50 mph. The Model S has a very impressive torque advantage over its competitors, described by Gas2 as “one of the most notable performance advantages of electric vehicles.” In replies to Twitter followers, Musk offered advice to gain even more acceleration by taking out the floor mats or removing the front trunk liner. The Motor Trend magazine testers followed Tesla’s on-screen instructions for conditioning the car before the first launch and between runs and updating to the most current software. In January, Musk had tweeted, “Promising early results from the Ludicrous Easter egg. Looks like 0 to 60 mph in 2.34 sec (Motor Trend spec) might be achievable.” Motor Trend replied, “Bring it on.” It looks like that’s exactly what Tesla did.

SpaceX scheduled its 10th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA for February 18 from the newly renovated, historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Musk announced the launch specs via Twitter on February 8. On board will be ISS crew supplies as well as materials to support more over a dozen experiments on the orbiting lab. One experiment will surround a lethal pathogen that’s incredibly resistant to current antibiotics. Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, will be studied in a near-zero gravity experiment to assess, in an entirely different environment than earth, if mutation and gene expression patterns will occur in space that have not yet happened on earth.

And yesterday Musk tweeted about a new Supercharger app that Tesla owners can access on your “Tesla touchscreen so you can see how many stalls are open before you arrive.” The app helps Tesla drivers to assess which Supercharger stalls are unoccupied at designated stations at a particular moment in time. Data appears as small bars over the Supercharger stations display. This improvement in ability to locate Supercharger availability is a significant and important advancement for Tesla drivers, as they can now plan routes over major highways or alternative routes if secondary roads have more free stalls. Previously, the Tesla Supercharger Dashboard in Hawthorne was the only site in which Supercharger stall availability could be seen.

Carolyn Fortuna

Carolyn grew up in Stafford Springs, CT, home of the half-mile tar racetrack. She's an avid Formula One fan (this year's trip to the Monza race was memorable). With a Ph.D. from URI, she draws upon digital media literacy and learning to spread the word about sustainability issues. Please follow me on Twitter and Facebook and Google+