Virgin is working on electric cars and could one day take on Tesla, according to company founder Richard Branson. Speaking at a racing event in Miami, Branson said Virgin had “teams of people” working on electric cars but refused to be drawn on specific details.
The company’s Virgin Racing team already competes in the all-electric Formula E championship, a high-speed, battery-powered spinoff of Formula 1. Branson has now hinted that Virgin’s involvement could lead to the company selling its own electric cars.
“So you never know — you may find Virgin competing with the Tesla in the car business as we do in the space business. We will see what happens,” Branson told Bloomberg.
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That seems to be the idea behind a plan to let Tesla electric car owners be able to control their Model S their Apple Watch. The Model S is, of course, the luxury electric car costing $80,000 and up that has taken the auto world by storm with its long range and smooth, powerful performance. The Apple Watch, which is yet to go on sale, is likely to become the hottest new personal tech product of the year.
A Ukraine-based software developer, Eleks Labs, says it has created the app that will let Tesla owners tell at a glance how much juice is left in their car’s battery and how many miles of range they can expect from it. It would allow owners to lock or unlock doors or switch on the headlights. It can tell them the temperature inside the car. It can show them the car’s present location.
Eleks says it developed its app from a beta version of the Apple Watch, but notes the watch’s expected limitations, especially the requirement that it work in conjunction with an iPhone.
How did Eleks pull off creating the app in short order? “A couple of days, gallons of coffee and hours of restless peering into monitors,” it says on its website.