Tesla could 'fix Puerto Rico's grid damage'

Auto companies scrambling to catch up with Tesla and tech firms analyst says

"It's old electrical grid, which was in awful shape, was devastated", U.S. president Donald Trump said of Puerto Rico on Twitter after hurricane Maria caused widespread destruction on the island.

With the United States territory island in $70million worth of debt and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) alone in $9million debt getting electricity back to the island is a distant dream without assistance.

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said the electric carmaker has rescheduled the unveiling of its semi-truck to November 16 as it diverts resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks and increase battery production for Puerto Rico and other affected areas.

Tesla has already been lending a hand to Puerto Rico as it sent hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that aid the use of solar panels. Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, responded to Musk saying that he was interested in the idea.

"Let's talk. Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your #TeslaTechnologies?".

As of Wednesday, only 14 of Puerto Rico's hospitals had electricity, while 51 were "degraded" and in need of generators for power. So, Musk is offering to help rebuild the USA territory's entire power grid.

Trump earlier suggested that Puerto Rico's debt should be wiped out because of its costs to rebuild, rattling Wall Street and the island's bondholders.

Puerto Rico's chief innovation officer Glorimar Ripoli is also on board.

Miller responded to Musk's announcement that all Tesla cars already have the hardware needed for fully autonomous driving.

Only 10 percent of the island has power at the moment and, according to the Puerto Rico state owned electric company, some communities won't be able to turn the lights back on for four to six months.

The conversation between Rossello and Musk is similar to one that took place several months ago, between Musk and billionaire entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brookes, who asked if Musk was serious about ending South Australia's rolling blackouts.

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