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Tesla Planning Space Car

When chilling on the moon, space tourists will want something to cruise around in. Tesla thinks it has the answer.

Teslafounder Elon Musk is no average businessman. Having created the first genuinelycool EV in the Tesla Roadster and following up with the Model S, the real-life Tony Stark is now looking to synergize the workdone by his commercial spaceflight company SpaceX to create the world’s firstspace car. This maysound like a far-fetched enterprise, but remember this is a man who has silenced critics by successfully sending two rockets into space, with the latest launch to resupply the International Space Station, occurring just weeksago.

While theTesla S is rolling off the assembly line at a nice, steady pace of around 50units per day, the Tesla space car, currently dubbed the X-mobile, will bebuilt to order with less than five cars expected to be built in its first year of production. Tesla’s target audience is the billionaires that will one daytake a SpaceX rocket to the moon. While there, they will want to be able toexplore the natural satellite’s various seas and craters, and what better wayto do so than in an EV-powered space car? So far there have been seven spacetourists, spending up to $40 million for the pleasure. A mission to the Moonwill likely cost closer to $100m, with the X-mobile to come in as a $10moptional extra.

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