Earlier this week Elon Musk spoke to the Financial Times at the
Future of the Car conference. The Chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX gave a few interesting quotes in this
The interview started with a bit of overlap with Elon Musk and
Co-Founder of Tesla JB Straubel both talking together. JB mentioned that it's "tougher now for EV startups
because what are they going to do that Tesla hasn't or won't do. What is their niche?"
Elon added "Companies are jumping in at the deep end, trying to make
a high volume vehicle without having ever made a vehicle before. Start small and make mistakes at a small
scale with a lot of reserve capital."
Elon was asked who he views as the most impressive EV startup and he
answered "Volkswagen is making the most progress aside from Tesla." He also noted that there will be some
strong EV companies coming out of China.
When asked about supply constraints, Elon said that he sees
constraints in lithium coming in about three years, in large part due to the difficulty of converting the
ore into battery-grade material.
Elon said that Tesla may have to get involved in mining/refining raw materials. When discussing supply constraints, Elon also
iterated that the 20 million vehicle target for 2030 is simply an aspiration; "We may achieve it, but we may
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When asked about the current situation in China, Elon stated that he
has had recent conversations with government officials. From these conversations he believes that it is
clear that the lockdowns are being lifted rapidly, adding "I would not expect this to be a significant issue
in the coming weeks." This statement is optimistic as the lockdowns have posed huge supply chain challenges
for Tesla and the broader economy.
When asked about demand, Elon said "now its demand is exceeding
production to a ridiculous degree. We’re probably gonna just stop taking orders for anything beyond a
certain period of time because some of that timing is like a year away.
This would be an interesting move for the automaker. Tesla has
previously alluded to the idea on their Q1 earnings call where they discussed the difficulty of setting
their prices so far out because they don't know what their future costs will be.
When asked about how long he would stay at Tesla, Elon responded:
"as long as I can be useful."
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Hundreds of Tesla cars synced to the Indian blockbuster film RRR's award-winning song 'Naatu Naatu'
Tesla owners recently came together in New Jersey for an incredible display of technology and art. Hundreds of Tesla cars synced to the Indian blockbuster film RRR's award-winning song "Naatu Naatu" to create an unforgettable light show. The energizing event showcased Tesla's upgraded light show feature, part of the Christmas update.
The Twitter account for the movie, @RRRMovie, posted a video, which can be viewed below, of the mesmerizing light show. Elon Musk responded with two heart emojis. After Tesla retweeted the unique video, @RRRMovie replied by expressing their love for Elon Musk. "Naatu Naatu," composed by M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose, became the first-ever song from an Indian film to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
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A recent update allows owners to schedule their light shows up to 10 minutes in advance or even create multi-car orchestras by starting them simultaneously. This feature can be accessed by tapping the Application Launcher > Toybox. The update also allows Tesla owners to activate the light show using their smartphone app, making it more convenient and fun for those who use the feature as part of their exterior decorations.
The New Jersey event displayed the innovative capabilities of Tesla vehicles and highlighted the growing influence of Indian cinema worldwide. As more Tesla owners come together for events like this, we can expect to see even more mesmerizing light shows in the future, celebrating the convergence of technology and the arts.
Tesla continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with its electric vehicles. Features like the light show demonstrate that the company is committed to creating an experience beyond driving a car.
Prominent figures such as Senator Josh Hawley and media personality Joe Rogan have come to the defense of Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk. Both spoke against the negative public perception and criticism while highlighting the importance of free speech. While Rogan spoke about the unfair treatment of Musk by members of the media, Hawley went after one — on his own show.
Senator Calls out Reporter
St. Louis’ KSDK News political editor Max Maxwell set up a recorded segment with the republican senator. While crews were getting the technical aspects sorted out, Hawley confronted Maxwell about his anti-Elon Musk tweets, which the Senator described as "vitriolic." The senator read one of Maxwell's tweets aloud, calling Musk's supporters "bootlickers." Hawley questioned Maxwell's intentions and expressed concern about the journalist's use of a public platform to attack people he disagreed with.
Maxwell explained that his tweet was a moment of frustration and defended his comments as satire, protected under the First Amendment. But it got more awkward as the reporter suggested he was drinking at the time of the tweets. Hawley emphasized that journalists like Maxwell have a lot of access, making their public comments particularly influential and potentially concerning.
Rogan to the Rescue
In another instance of public defense, popular podcaster Joe Rogan discussed the shifting public perception of Elon Musk on his show. According to Rogan, any narrative about Musk's political ideology is baseless. He questioned why people have gone from viewing Musk as a savior who brought about electric cars and reusable rockets to someone who is an "alt-right piece of shit." Rogan argued that the resistance against Musk and the publicity campaign against him have been fascinating to watch.
“The narrative has spread through progressive people where they'll just say it now,” Rogan continued. “It’s like they've reached the memo, the memo’s got to them… I hear people I know like, ‘Oh, Elon's just so crazy. Something happened to him. He went nuts, and he’s a right-winger now… They just have this narrative that reaches them as a signal. Like, ‘Elon bad now.’”
Senator Hawley and Joe Rogan's reactions to the criticism against Elon Musk and his supporters emphasize the importance of free speech and raise questions about the fairness of the media's treatment of the world's richest person. As public figures continue to engage in these discussions, it remains to be seen how perceptions of Musk will evolve in the future and how his tweets will impact Tesla.
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