June 17, 2024

The boring Elon Musk company

  • Elon Musk was inspired to launch The Boring Company when he was stuck in LA traffic.
  • The company was created as a subsidiary of SpaceX and later became its own entity.
  • The tunneling enterprise has several ongoing projects on the West Coast.

In typical Elon Musk fashion, the billionaire announced plans for the Boring Company in a tweet.

“Traffic is crushing me,” Musk tweeted on December 17, 2016. “I’m going to build a tunnel boring machine and start digging…”

About an hour later, Musk already gave the company a name: “It’s going to be called The Boring Company.'”

“Boring, it’s what we do,” he quipped.

Today, The Boring Company is one of Elon Musk’s six companies that he is involved with. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO first started developing the infrastructure and tunnel construction company in late 2016 as part of his rocket company. The Boring Company became its own entity about two years later and one of Musk’s earliest SpaceX employees, Steve Davis, became president of the venture in 2019.

Musk told Bloomberg in 2017 that he always wanted to build tunnels — he even floated the idea of ​​a Hyperloop in a Tesla blog post in 2013 — but traffic jams in Los Angeles were the final nail in the coffin.

Hyperloop is an ultra-high-speed transportation system that operates in a kind of vacuum, low-pressure system, in which “autonomous electric pods” can exceed 600 miles per hour, according to the company’s web page.

Boring Projects

The Boring Company’s current transportation systems look very different from the futuristic Hyperloops Musk first presented.

The infrastructure company unveiled its first project in 2018, an R&D tunnel just over a mile long in Hawthorne, California. It was opened to the public for display that Christmas. The tunnel operated with a fleet of Tesla Model X vehicles running through it at a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour, but Musk said at the time that the company had tested the vehicles in the tunnel at a top speed of 110 miles per hour.

Today, the site is used to test the company’s Loop and Hyperloop technology, according to its website.

Tesla Model X in the R&D tunnel of a Boring Company

The Boring Company unveiled its R&D tunnel in Hawthorne, California in 2018.

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A year later, in 2019, the company began a tunnel project under the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Boring Company opened the tunnel, which would be used to ferry people back and forth in Teslas, to the public in 2021. LVCC CEO Steve Hill said at the time that testing showed the system could carry more than 4,400 people every hour.

Now the company is working on expanding its transportation system under the LVCC into a wider Vegas Loop that would connect the site to Resorts World on the Las Vegas Strip, the nearby airport, Downtown Vegas, and Allegiant stadium. According to The Boring Company website, the project is under construction.

Musk’s infrastructure venture has also had its fair share of stalled projects over the years. In 2021, the company quietly scrubbed any reference to its plans to building tunnels in Los Angeles and Washington DC from its website. The projects were announced in 2018 and 2017, respectively, but were pushed back due to environmental regulations. Plans to build tunnels in Chicago and San Jose have also been canceled.

Since then, the company has expressed interest in building boring tunnels in several other major cities, including Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Those projects are currently in limbo.

Company products boring playful

Like any Musk company, The Boring Company has some fun stuff.

A man stands in front of a sign that says "The Bored Company" and brandishes a flame, flames shot into the air.

The “Not-a-Flamethrower” was a huge hit with customers.

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In 2018, the business began selling Boring Company flares. The product called “Not-A-Flamethrower” moved more than 17,000 units within a week.

Recently, Musk started looking for a Boring Co. fragrance called “Burnt Hair.”

The company is also famous for its own boring technology: two devices called Godot and Prufrock. He is currently testing the third generation of his Device prufrock, a giant cylinder tunneling machine used by the company to transport some of its tunnels. The company says the device allows them to start tunneling within 48 hours of arriving at a construction site as it launches directly from ground level and resurfaces when it runs the length of the tunnel without the need to retrieve the tunneling machine.

Last year, Musk shared a video of Prufrock II emerging from the ground at a test site near the company’s headquarters in Bastrop, Texas.

Snail Stream

It seems that the billionaire is building a house for himself and some of his employees near the headquarters of The Boring Company.

Musk plans to build a home for some of his SpaceX, Boring Co, and Tesla workers in Bastrop, Texas.

The town was named “Snailbrook” – a reference to The Boring Company’s snail mascot – and would include a swimming pool, a school, an outdoor sports area, and even a private nook for Musk to live in.

Some Bastrop residents have pushed back against Musk’s plans for their town. In March, residents gathered at a city hall meeting to address concerns about The Boring Company’s plans to dump treated wastewater into the water supply.

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