This interview from 2009 shows Elon Musk calling a reporter a “Huge Douchebag” and “complete idiot” because that reporter didn’t grok Tesla’s long-range plan to produce an affordable mass market electric car. Tesla’s plan all along was to plow profits into building the company towards production of what’s now called the Tesla Model 3.
The accusation is that Tesla is feeding at the government trough. Musk’s response is that their goal is an incredibly hard one to achieve.
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David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.