Tesla Truck Unveiled This Month | Hurricane Irma Affects Us All | And Finally... What Have You Done For The Last 23 Months?

Semi Trucks are due for an upgrade from Tesla this month and Sir Richard Branson shares his experiences of Hurricane Irma. Meanwhile, Astronaut, Peggy Whitson returns to Earth after breaking many space endurance records!

Tesla Are Going To Announce Their Truck This Month

By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

Tesla cars have built up an enviable reputation in the automotive world by building pure electric vehicles and showing the established car giants that it can be done with current levels of technology. It just takes the right amount of will to do it.

Now Tesla is almost ready to show that electric vehicles can be more than just cars. They are planning to unveil their Semi Truck (Articulated Lorry for UK readers) that will have the same towing capacity as a diesel truck and have a range of 250 to 300 miles. That isn't enough for long-distance haulage, but as a starting point, it is enough for many local distribution routes and services. Things like supermarket fleets that transport between distribution hubs and the regional supermarkets. Again, just as with the cars, as the technology gets better, then the range will increase. The video below is from 'The Street' and gives a brief overview of the new vehicle's capabilities.

 

It is advancements like this that will help to complete the change from a dependency on fossil fuels to transport that is powered by renewable or low emission sources. As this quote from Mashable explains;

"The Tesla semi will also go on sale in 2020 at a cost of around $100,000 if trucking operators lease out the batteries separately. It'll also have a range between 200 to 300 miles per charge to support regional trucking routes, and perhaps most importantly, the autonomous-electric setup could be up to 70 percent less expensive to operate than a typical semi."

To create this kind of advancement and change in an industry, it takes a lot of self-belief, courage and conviction by the people involved in bringing these ideas to life. That certainty comes from a clear understanding of the reality of what is happening around us and the pressing environmental need for change.

To read more about this, follow this link to the Mashable website

Click here to learn more from The Street.

Hurricane Irma Affects Us All

By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

Hurricane season is well upon the people living in the Americas and Carribean at the moment and one resident has posted on their blog their experiences of living through Hurricane Irma - Sir Richard Branson;

"It is a traumatic time here in the British Virgin Islands. Hurricane Irma is continuing a path of destruction that brought the eye of the storm to Necker Island, Moskito Island and the whole surrounding area.

"I have never seen anything like this hurricane. Necker and the whole area have been completely and utterly devastated. We are still assessing the damage, but whole houses and trees have disappeared. 

"For those who are still in the path of Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose to come, I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to put safety first and prepare as strongly as possible. Having seen first-hand the power of this storm, please ensure you stay inside, ideally in organised shelters or other solid concrete structures with water, supplies and emergency contact plans."

What this hurricane should help us to understand is that it doesn't matter who you are, how much wealth you have accumulated or what you think of yourself, a hurricane is indiscriminate of your stature. It treats everyone the same. This is why people on the ground need to look out for each other and help each regardless of their backgrounds. What we can learn is to be aware of the suffering of other people and do what we can to help those affected by hurricanes and other natural and man-made disasters. Consider in your thoughts this weekend, as we hear more stories from those affected by hurricanes, those affected by war, disease, malnutrition and water shortages all over the world.

To read Sir Branson's full article click here 

To learn how you can make a difference to those suffering in the world, please get in touch here, we would love to share some ideas with you!

And Finally... What Have You Done For The Last 23 Months?

By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

If your name is Peggy Whitson, then you have been on the International Space Station, breaking all kinds of astronaut records. The longest time in space for an American, the oldest woman in space, the first female to command the space station twice, and the most number of space walks by a woman, an astounding 10!

The advice that she gives at the end of this video to those looking to succeed as an astronaut or in any walk of life is simple and inspiring...

'Always reach for just beyond what you think you can do.'

Awesome advice for all of us to take into our weekend and into our plans for next week!


By | 2017-09-09T10:52:25+00:00 September 9th, 2017|

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