Life is full of little letdowns. That’s why it’s so refreshing to occasionally consider someone do something grand, and only a bit nutty. Like Elon Musk setting up a fully functional production tent in the Tesla’s factory’s backyard, in a improbable–and thus far successful !– bid to reach his 2018 production targets. Like Lyft, the little brother of American ride-hailing, spending $250 million on…bicycles? Like a developer taking a polluted ex-Ford factory in Minnesota and trying to turn it into a walker-friendly, net-zero energy planned community. Like the mere existence of the Polaris Slingshot, which is not quite a car and not quite a motorcycle, but tells us some important things about the future of transportation.
This week, it was all about lofty goals. Let’s get you caught up.
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