Elon Musk’s Flint Schools Safer-Water Promise Kept

Elon Musk fulfilled his promise to Flint Community Schools to provide funding for the installation of safer water fountains for students, the city said last …

Elon Musk fulfilled his promise to Flint Community Schools to provide funding for the installation of safer water fountains for students, the city said last week.

The Tesla CEO first committed to providing financial backing to “fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels” in a tweet in July.

Three months later he ensured that the Flint Community Schools received $480,350 to assist in its campaign to install new ultraviolet water filtration systems for water fountains throughout its school buildings.

The Flint water crisis began four years ago, when the public water source was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Polluted river water used until the city switched back to Lake Huron in October 2015 caused lead to leach from pipes.

Since then, a group from the Flint Community Schools have been working towards a long-term solution to provide clean water to the students.

“The new water filtration systems will be instrumental in helping our students return to the normalcy of what should be a fundamental right: having access to safe, clean water from water fountains in their school,” said Derrick Lopez, Flint Community Schools superintendent.

The UV water purification method is meant to disinfect all lead and bacteria from the water pipes, allowing students access to clean drinking water.

The Flint Schools Community expressed its gratitude on Twitter, to which Musk replied “hope to do more to help in the future.”

Meanwhile, a $4 million legal agreement settled earlier this year stated that school children in Flint were to receive screening and in-depth health assessments to measure the effects of lead-tainted drinking water on their ability to learn.

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Elon Musk’s outbursts are his pushback against the status quo, ex-colleague Reid Hoffman says

The Twitter outbursts of Elon Musk are due to frustrations with what he sees as shortsighted views about the progress he’s making with Tesla, former …

The Twitter outbursts of Elon Musk are due to frustrations with what he sees as shortsighted views about the progress he’s making with Tesla, former colleague Reid Hoffman told CNBC on Tuesday.

Musk is focused “three, five, 10 years into the future,” said the LinkedIn co-founder, who worked alongside Musk at online payments system PayPal. “Part of his grit, part of his determination to get to that long future is to push back.”

Just days after settling Securities and Exchange Commission fraud charges and just hours after a federal judge asked both sides to justify the agreement, Musk mocked the agency in a tweet lat week, calling it “Shortseller Enrichment Commission.”

The SEC was going after Musk for alleged false statements in the now-infamous Aug. 7 tweet about having “funding secured” to possibly take the company private. The idea was abandoned on Aug. 24.

Prior to the take-private debacle, Musk had been acting erratically for months.

Following a bizarre Aug. 16 interview with The New York Times, Musk’s actions were under scrutiny again last month after he appeared to smoke marijuana and drink whiskey during comedian Joe Rogan‘s podcast.

Back in May, Musk rudely cut off analysts on Tesla’s first-quarter earnings call. He later apologized for that on the second-quarter call in August.

Shares of Tesla were up 3.2 percent Tuesday. But the stock has tanked more than 17 percent this year, and more than 25 percent over the last 12 months.

Appearing on “Squawk Box,” Hoffman conceded that Musk should perhaps find a different outlet for his outbursts. “I think it needs to be a different pattern than those tweets.”

Along with Musk, billionaire Hoffman is a member of the “PayPal Mafia,” a group of former PayPal employees and founders who have since founded and developed their own tech companies. Hoffman is now with the Greylock Partners venture capital firm.

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Elon Musk’s 1st space passenger explains his trust in the SpaceX boss

TOKYO — The Japanese online retail tycoon who plans to travel to the moon on the SpaceX rocket says he respects and trusts Elon Musk as a fellow …

TOKYO — The Japanese online retail tycoon who plans to travel to the moon on the SpaceX rocket says he respects and trusts Elon Musk as a fellow entrepreneur, despite his recent troubles. “Twitter can get you into trouble,” Yusaku Maezawa, chief executive of Zozo Inc., said Tuesday at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Tokyo. “And that can be said of Elon Musk, too.”

Musk’s tweet in August that declared he had secured financing for a Tesla buyout got him in trouble with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Under a settlement, Tesla and Musk each must pay a $20 million penalty. Musk also stepped down as Tesla’s chairman.

Maezawa, 42, who is also quite active on social media, is set to be a passenger on Musk’s SpaceX, the first-ever private commercial space trip, scheduled for blastoff in 2023, to orbit the moon, in what Maezawa has dubbed his “#dearMoon Project.”

Maezawa said he got a good feel for Musk’s character by visiting Tesla, and seeing the relationship Musk had developed with his employees.

“They believe in Elon Musk,” he said. “That kind of company is marvelous. I felt that as another entrepreneur.”

Although Maezawa said nothing was decided yet on who was going with him on the space travel, he said he wanted to take visual artists, fashion designers and musicians from a variety of backgrounds, including the actress he was dating, Ayame Goriki, “if she proves to be a good match for the mission.”

Maezawa said his company has a twitter policy, and experts go over his tweets in advance. Sometimes he gets emotional on social media, but he is careful not to say anything that might hurt his company, he said.

Recently, he took to his twitter and Instagram accounts to lash out at online hecklers, who had ridiculed his halting rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” on an expensive Stradivarius violin he had just purchased.

Maezawa is known for lavish purchases, including artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. But he is equally known for sharing them with the public.

He shrugged off the possible dangers of space, just as he brushed off the risks of tweets and associations with Musk.

“There is no end if you start thinking about that,” he said of the risks.

Maezawa said he has not yet started training for the mission, but he has been getting regular medical checkups and is brushing up on his English.

In a nation where people tend to be focused on blending in and getting along, Maezawa has stood out. Forbes magazine estimates his wealth at $2.9 billion.

Maezawa ran an import CD business and played in a rock band before he embarked on his online fashion business with his shopping site Zozotown.

Recently, he has begun making clothes, such as a wearable technology called Zozosuit. The suit, splattered with hundreds of dots, takes body measurements with a software application, ensuring a good fit.

Maezawa said nicely fitting clothes bring smiles and the moon trip’s purpose also is to add to happiness.

The world remembers the first words of the 1969 Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” he said.

Maezawa has a message of his own that he says will be more casual, akin to the lyrics he loved playing in rock bands growing up.

All I want to say is this: Wouldn’t the world be a better place if there is peace?” said Maezawa.

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Elon Musk’s Tesla Model 3 Sales Stats Show It’s Crushing the Competition

That’s according to sales figures shared by CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday, which show the company’s cheapest-ever electric vehicle took the fourth spot …

The Tesla Model 3 was the biggest-selling American car in the United States for the month of September. That’s according to sales figures shared by CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday, which show the company’s cheapest-ever electric vehicle took the fourth spot in sales for the previous month.

The CleanTechnica stats show the Model 3 sold an estimated 24,040 vehicles in the previous month. That places it well ahead of the fifth-placed Toyota Corolla that sold 20,797 cars, and just behind the third-placed Honda Civic that sold 24,806 vehicles. The Honda Accord came in second with 25,357 cars, and the Toyota Camry topped the list with 27,640 vehicles. The second-highest-selling American car in the month was the Ford Fusion with 15,878 vehicles, which placed it at number eight on the list. The Model 3 was also by far the car with the highest starting price in the month, with the $49,000 edition still the cheapest type available. Only the 19th-placed Dodge Charger, with a $28,995 starting price, came close.

Tesla Model 3 Is #1 Top Selling American Car In USA https://t.co/2nPhWy46mxpic.twitter.com/IbxsxBdDzK

— CleanTechnica (@cleantechnica) October 9, 2018

See more: Tesla Took All 3 Top EV Sales Spots Last Month, Elon Musk-Shared Stats Show

The news is a strong endorsement of Tesla’s plan to ramp up production, which started Model 3 production in July 2017 alongside 2,000 Model S and X vehicles per week, before moving to producing around 5,000 Model 3s per week while maintaining its S and X output. A Tesla-commissioned study from IHS Markit showed in May that the company contributed around $5.1 billion to California’s gross state product last year.

The impressive month follows similar success in August sales. Musk shared stats that showed Tesla claimed the first, second and third spots in plug-in electric vehicle sales for the month, delivering around 17,800 vehicles with the Model S selling 2,625 and the Model X selling 2,750. The Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid took fourth place with 2,071 sales.

Tesla is expected to move further into the mass market with next year’s launch of the Model Y, a cheaper sports utility vehicle alternative to the Model X in the same way that the Model 3 is a cheaper version of the Model S.

From there, the company is expected to release its second-generation Roadster supercar in 2020.

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa says he trusts Elon Musk ahead of SpaceX private moon flight

The Japanese billionaire who will be the first private passenger on SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket says he respects and trusts Elon Musk, despite his …

Mr Maezawa, who is estimated to be worth £2.2 billion, has said he will travel on the Space X orbit of the moon with six to eight guests.

He said nothing has been decided on who will go with him, but Mr Maezawa wants to take visual artists, fashion designers and musicians from a variety of backgrounds, including the actress he is dating, Ayame Goriki, “if she proves to be a good match for the mission”.

He shrugged off the possible dangers of space, just as he brushed off the risks of tweets and associations with Mr Musk.

Mr Maezawa said he has not yet started training for the mission, but he has been getting regular medical checkups and is brushing up on his English.

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