Elon Musk talks about his successor in a WSJ interview
In an illuminating hour-long interview on the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, Elon Musk provided a rare window into his thoughts on the intricate issue of succession. He framed the complexity of this challenge in a historical context, highlighting that it is an age-old problem that has troubled not just corporations but also nations, kings, prime ministers, and presidents throughout the annals of history.
Identifying Potential Successors
Musk disclosed that he has identified potential successors he believes could ably lead after his tenure. He has brought these individuals to the board's attention, providing them with his personal recommendations. However, he clearly stated that the ultimate decision rests in the hands of the board. Musk noted, "They may choose to go a different direction, but they are aware of who my recommendation is."
An intriguing point of discussion during the interview revolved around the stewardship of the companies Musk has built. He expressed a deep sense of responsibility, remarking, "The companies that I have created and are creating collectively possess immense capability, and so the stewardship of them is incredibly important." These comments underscored the vast influence these companies wield over society and civilization.
The Challenge of Stewardship and Control
Interestingly, Musk confessed his openness to external suggestions about control of the companies, a rarity for the famously confident CEO. He conceded, "The control question is a much tougher question, and something that I'm wrestling with, and I'm frankly open to ideas." This statement signified an unusual invitation for fresh insights into managing the future stewardship of his groundbreaking enterprises.
Furthermore, Musk delved into his aspirations for his companies, with a special focus on Tesla, to contribute positively to humanity. One idea he shared was establishing an educational institution wielding most of his voting rights. Yet, he stressed that automatic inheritance of control by his children was not on the cards, especially if they lacked interest or the ability to handle the companies effectively.
Tesla's Contributions to Sustainable Energy
Transitioning to the accomplishments of Tesla, Musk painted a vivid picture of the company's significant role in fast-tracking the advent of sustainable energy. He asserted, "The original goal of Tesla was to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy, which actually I think we've done that to a significant degree." In addition, he shared his gratification that other industry leaders have recognized Tesla's pioneering role in this revolution.
On the topic of Tesla's pursuit of self-driving technology, Musk exhibited optimism about achieving substantial progress within the year. He also predicted this technological milestone would usher in a substantial positive cash flow for the company.
Musk's wide-ranging discussion offered insightful reflections on the critical issue of succession planning and the enduring influence of Tesla. His open invitation for external ideas on company stewardship, coupled with his firm commitment to ensuring Tesla's mission continuity, underscore his acknowledgment of the gravity of his leadership role and his earnest dedication to securing his companies' long-lasting beneficial impact on humanity. This interview promises to ignite further dialogue about the future trajectory of Tesla and the broader implications of succession planning in innovative companies.
Elon Musk Interviewed on the WSJ
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Tesla introduced a wrap-around ambient lighting strip to its new Model 3
If you look up ambient lights for Tesla, you'll see several ads for third-party light kits. Perhaps this is why Tesla added its own Ambient Lights feature to the new Model 3. So, let's get enlightened.
Tesla's ambient lights are thin light strips that are embedded in each of the vehicle's doors near the top edge. It also curves around the dashboard near the windshield, giving passengers a near 360-degree light effect.
Tesla new ambient light feature is available on the new Model 3 (2024+), and will be available on the Cybertruck in a similar manner. With a refresh ongoing for the Model Y, known as Juniper, it will likely also have ambient lights. That just leaves out the most luxurious flagship vehicles, the Model S and X, for now.
The Model S and Model X could be due for a minor refresh that would not only add ambient lighting, but also include a front-bumper camera that the Cybertruck has and the new Model 3 is expected to have in the near future.
Tesla introduced a wrap-around ambient lighting strip to its new Model 3
The ambient light settings allow you to light up the interior in a color that reflects your mood or preference. Under Controls > Lights > Accent Lights, you are handed the freedom to choose virtually any color to adorn the interior of your Tesla.
You have control over whether the ambient lights are on, off, or set to an "Auto" setting, though not fully clarified, seems to promise intelligent lighting adjustments akin to our control over dome lights, offering a reduction in reflections during drives.
While the ability to control the brightness level seems missing, Tesla did include color presets, letting you curate a series of your favorite colors.
It should be noted that the changes are confined to the light strips on the doors and dash, steering clear of the footwell lights and other interior lighting.
With Tesla, we can be assured there will be enhancements to this feature in a future update. In fact, the Tesla community is already busy coming up with useful suggestions. Some owners thought Tesla should take advantage of the lighting to provide driver feedback, such as automatically changing the ambient lighting to a red hue when there's a vehicle in your blind spot. Tesla could also glow the light strip on a door if it's not closed properly, or use the lighting to provide feedback when Sentry Mode is enabled.
Other uses could be more fun, such as cycling the light through various colors when the 'Rainbow Road' easter egg is activated.
Ambient Lighting in Action
While the possibilities are endless and Tesla engineers will surely have fun coming up with creative uses for the feature, the biggest improvement we can hope for in the near future is the ability to adjust the light intensity.
Tesla's new Model 3 received a host of exterior and interior upgrades
Tesla outdid itself with the refreshed Model 3, known as the Highland. Despite all the fantastic upgrades, something is missing - the Performance version or perhaps the Plaid. The letter "T" has shown up on vehicle certificates in Europe, and despite Elon Musk's sense of humor, it is unlikely this is a Mr. T reference.
Deciphering the 'T'
A new document shows the new Model 3 Performance will have a dual motor
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Diligent scrutiny of the European Type Certificate, issued by the Dutch vehicle authority RDW and shared on the TFF Forum, revealed a subtle yet pivotal alteration — including the letter 'T' in the eighth digit of the Model 3 Performance's VIN.
This seemingly minor detail, indicative of the vehicle's motor/drive unit type, sparked curiosity and speculation on the forum. Could it be a tri-motor setup to usher in a new Plaid version of the Model 3? This vehicle has already got endless amounts of zip, but three motors? May The Schwartz Be With You!
This could also explain the Model 3+ badging that was spotted during the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in China inspection of the refresh. However, the regulatory filings highlighted just two distinct variants of the car: a rear-wheel drive (RWD) with a 194 kW motor and an all-wheel drive (AWD) dual-motor setup that combines to deliver a formidable 331 kW of maximum power.
Initial conjectures leaned towards the possibility of a tri-motor setup, drawing parallels with the Plaid variants of the Model S and Model X. However, a deeper dive into the certification document clarified that the Model 3 Performance retained its Dual Motor setup, dispelling the possibility of a tri-motor upgrade.
Strategic Enhancements: A Glimpse into Potential Upgrades
Given the documented specifications, it becomes plausible that Tesla has strategically enhanced one of the dual motors, potentially aligning it with the advanced motor found in the Model S/X Plaid. This modification is poised to augment the top-end speed and acceleration of the Model 3 Performance, addressing its comparative limitations in extended races against traditional gas-powered supercars.
Meanwhile, the Model 3 refresh has become the new Bigfoot of the roads of North America, with rare sightings posted on social media. However, it appears the continent is excluded from the initial launch of the Model 3 Highland. Internal communications within Tesla suggest North American enthusiasts might have to exercise patience until 2024.
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