Plug-in power

Elon Musk is one of the world’s boldest entrepreneurs (and youngest billionaires). In 2003, he started electric carmaker Tesla Motors, named for the inventor and scientist Nikola Tesla.

“Driving a gasoline car is going to feel like yesterday,” Musk predicted in a National Geographic profile of Tesla you can find on YouTube. The company’s Model S has a top range of nearly 300 miles and can go from 0 to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds. The vehicle reduces harmful emissions by 50% compared to a gasoline-powered car, even if the electricity used comes from coal.

If Musk is successful in winning wide adoption for electric vehicles, Tesla could be part of a transportation revolution and make a big impact on climate change. “We should not play Russian Roulette with the atmosphere,” Musk says. “We’ve only got one.”

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