Musk: Tesla can rebuild Puerto Rico power grid

Musk: Tesla can rebuild Puerto Rico power grid

Chief Executive Elon Musk and President Trump disagree on climate change, but both businessmen say Puerto Rico needs a lot of help amid Hurricane Maria's devastation of the island territory.

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.

The South African entrepreneur replied: "The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too".

Musk quickly responded that he would be "happy to talk", to which the governor said, "let's talk today (Friday); I will be in touch".

Millions of Puerto Ricans are living in the dark at home after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island, knocking out its already fragile electric grid.

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Tesla has already sent a number of its battery packs to Puerto Rico to help the island store energy in an effort to offset the shortage.

Musk & Co. have said all Tesla vehicles produced since October 2016, including the $35,000 Model 3 sedan, contain "the hardware needed for full self-driving capability", though such features aren't now enabled. Renewable energy sources provided a mere 2 percent of Puerto Rico's power. So, Musk is offering to help rebuild the US territory's entire power grid. Governor Rossello said Monday that officials will need an entire month just to raise that level to a quarter of the island. However, news site Electrek found third-party installers charging as much as $12,000 for the system and installation in Puerto Rico.

Musk floated the idea of helping Puerto Rico after he was asked on social media whether he could rebuild the power gird using solar energy and battery systems.

Musk and Rossello would likely not be having this conversation if people had not shared their thoughts about the situation in Puerto Rico on Twitter.