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Real Life Iron Man

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Look out Robert Downey Jr., someone else might be looking to fill your iron suit.

For the past few years Downey Jr. has played the role of Iron Man in Marvel's movies of the same name and the Avengers franchise. Now it looks like the man behind Tesla might be bringing the iron clad super hero to life.

Commenting on a recent CNN report that Elon Musk has been meeting privately with pentagon officials, Musk tweeted that the meeting was related to a flying metal suit. Of course Musk could be fanning the rumors but this is not the first time he has made comparisons to the character. Three years ago he tweeted about a system that allows someone to design rocket parts using hand movements through the air, something he claimed he saw in one of the iron man movies.  read more »

Tesla's Model 3

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Hundreds of Tesla fans stood in line to put down a deposit on a car only a handful of people had seen. And after the big reveal we still don't know much about it.

Last week Tesla founder Elon Musk took to the stage to reveal details about the company's new electric car, the model 3. And this came after people all over had stood in line for hours to hold one of the new cars for a refundable deposit of $1,000.

Musk says the starting price of the new electric car would be $35,000 and it would have a range of more than 200 miles. There would be supercharger and autopilot software and it would go from 0 to 60 in under six seconds. But with people in the audience cheering on his every word he failed to mention anything about charge times, battery capacity and performance.  read more »

Wrightspeed

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Going electric is going diesel.

Ian Wright, one of the co-founders of Tesla is now working to bring his technology to commercial trucks. His latest venture, Wrightspeed sells electric power trains that can be installed on medium and heavy duty commercial trucks.

The power trains make the trucks cleaner, quieter and more energy efficient. But while consumers are switching out their cars and going electric it's harder to break into an established market such as trucking. Experts say if you want to sell a fleet owner an electric truck you have to convince them that it's better, and cheaper than what's already being used.  read more »

The New Car Industry

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The future of the car industry is driving into Silicon Valley.

Following in the brake pads of Tesla and Google, Apple is rumored to start developing an electric car. According to various reports the company has developed a unit called Titan. Hundreds of staff members have reportedly been assigned to the unit and the target date for the car is 2020.

Of course Apple is not commenting but the plan puts the company in line with Tesla, the current king of the electric car and Google's self-driving car. Before the tech industry got behind the wheel the U.S. auto industry was rooted in Detroit. And the top three automakers; General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are taking the outside threat seriously.  read more »