Will Tesla's Elon Musk rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid?



Puerto Rico's fragile power grid was knocked offline after Hurricane Maria barreled through the US territory in late September, leaving millions of people without electricity.

GM director of autonomous vehicle integration, Scott Miller, has claimed Elon Musk is "full of crap", in regards to the American electric carmaker's claims that the Tesla Model 3 autopilot system is capable of level 5 autonomous driving.

"Such a decision would be in the hands of the PR govt, PUC, any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of PR", tweeted Musk.

Musk also said in a tweet that he looked forward to talking to Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello on Friday about what Tesla could do to help restore power.

"Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your #TeslaTechnologies?". Saddled with debt and without the resources to tend to it, Puerto Rico's is even more burdened.

Trump earlier suggested that Puerto Rico's debt should be wiped out because of its costs to rebuild, rattling Wall Street and the island's bondholders. Some in Puerto Rico may be in the dark for months as the grid is repaired.

Despite the fact that Elon Musk argues that scalability is not an issue, both the islands that he has applied his vision to have significantly less population that the 3.5 million people of Puerto Rico. But Musk, in his typical overly optimistic fashion, says that there's no reason this can't work. So, Musk is offering to help rebuild the USA territory's entire power grid.

It started with an Earther article about how the unfortunate destruction of Puerto Rico's power grid provides the opportunity to rebuild it in a far more efficient way. In South Australia, Musk has already made good on his word to solve the country's continual power blackout woes by building the largest lithium-ion battery in the world.

Tesla recently absorbed one of Musk's other companies, SolarCity, which manufactures residential solar roofs and energy storage units.

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