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    Only if he had an adapter...

    So it was a good turn out this evening. Plenty of interest in the car and in the theater. The ground he covered was very similar to the fireside chat stuff from earlier this year, i.e. Elon's corporate history rather than too much on the energy storage / future transport stuff, but we did get a couple of interesting snippets.

    - The supersonic electric planes will require roughly a doubling of battery energy density, i.e. to around 500 Wh/kg.

    - The 'hyperloop' is a cross between a rail gun and Concorde. (difficult to see how this can't crash...)

    - SpaceX have recently got a new contract to launch astronauts too (will use iterations of F9 and Dragon).


    There were quite a few people lining up to ask questions, but as all the mics were on the ground floor and I was trapped in the balcony, I didn't get to ask any (one was the plane thing, anyway). I was going to set him off on hydrogen for the benefit of any BBC journalists in the room, but surprisingly that topic did not come up except for in the context of rocket fuel.


    Still, the car looked fantastic (it was the German registered sig red) and a bunch of us retired to the pub afterwards with Bobbyllew, so it was a good night all round.
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    Thanks for the report, dpeilow.

    Any updates from Elon on spreading Tesla's footprint in the UK in particular?

    UK's lagging behind the rest of Europe (Norway, The Netherlands and so on) in terms of Model S reservations. Heck, there are more known Signature reservations down under in Oz than in the UK!

    Also, any mention of the possible culprit Top Gear?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gg_wants_a_tesla View Post
    Also, any mention of the possible culprit Top Gear?!
    Great question. They just had a "Bond Car" retrospective and Colin (old Stig) was on since he's the stunt driver for the films. TG had lambasted him for outing himself but on this show they made light jokes about it so reconcillationis possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gg_wants_a_tesla View Post
    Thanks for the report, dpeilow.

    Any updates from Elon on spreading Tesla's footprint in the UK in particular?

    UK's lagging behind the rest of Europe (Norway, The Netherlands and so on) in terms of Model S reservations. Heck, there are more known Signature reservations down under in Oz than in the UK!

    Also, any mention of the possible culprit Top Gear?!
    Do you know how many Australian Signature reservations there are?
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    Quote Originally Posted by meloccom View Post
    Do you know how many Australian Signature reservations there are?
    As per michiganmodels's tally, there are 38 of them as of August 18:

    Model S Reservation Tally
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    Some photos from the professional photographer at the event: Oxford Martin School | University of Oxford

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post

    This is about the only angle where you can't see our crowd. The guy was obviously a pro


    They said the event was being filmed, so hopefully that will be online at some point.


    By the way, no word on Model S reservations in the UK. In fact I think the car was only named once in the entire talk. I guess Brits are keeping their wallets closed until pricing is announced.

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    One of the questioners asked about the work that Reaction Engines are doing on air-breathing rocket engines. Elon clearly hadn't heard of them but dismissed the idea.

    They just had a good day: BBC News - Skylon spaceplane engine concept achieves key milestone

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