Wow, what a wild imagination! As if some kook like your "Musk" fella could scrape together the capital, push the boundaries of current technology, hire people to take the risks involved, and keep the regulators off his back long enough to accomplish putting a revolutionary car on the road.
I love these "What If" articles! It was the Fifties! The Nuclear (sorry, Atomic!) Age! Who wouldn't want a mini Chernobyl reactor in the trunk...or back seat... or wherever they put it? The AEC says atomic power is completely safe! The Tesla probably could have a pretty good heater system, too. Hey, it might even glow in the dark! Too bad their road tester, like so many before him, had to go and crash it. Into a school! And why were there kids in the school? Didn't they have black & white TV's at home to watch educational channels? Keep dreaming these up, Jack. Thanks for the laughs!
The campsites that I prefer are rustic state and national forest campgrounds. Outhouses, hand pumped well water, and no power outlets.
As for needing to stop for fuel, there's a difference between stopping for five minutes and getting 300+ miles of range, and stopping for 30 minutes and getting 90 miles of range. I'd rather spend my time on the shore of a Great Lake than at a fueling/charging station.
Even if the campground has power outlets, the Bolt recharges at 4 miles per hour at 120V. If you have access to a 240V fast charger, that goes up to 25 miles per charging hour, and even a DC fast charger can only give a Bolt 180 miles per charging hour.
Lets face it, the real killer of steam and electric cars was Ketterings Electric Self Starter. With out that, some people were just not strong enough to hand crank an engine. This also limited compression ratios, and therefore power and efficiency.
Lighten up. You have to take this in 1957 context. Back then, government's job was not to bail out anybody. I thought it was a funny line.
Edit: Thanks for all the likes! Also, I didn't mean to sound nasty, just a reminder that the article should be taken as satire.
Aw, man - don't go and ruin it all by feeling you have to explain how you came up with a "completely-imaginary-made-up-what-if-story". Facts and plausibility have nothing to do with it! 🤔
i think the rendering's generic '50s look is spot-on, for the purposes of the (satirical) analogy. doesn't the Model S look handsome ... but in the most conventional 20-teens way possible?