It’s almost impossible to imagine what goes through the mind of someone who simultaneously runs a space exploration and electric car company, but the editors at Automobile recently interviewed CEO Elon Musk to get an insightful look at his two ventures, Tesla Motors and SpaceX.
Today, Tesla Motors appears to be in much better shape than it appeared when the Roadster was first hitting the streets. The automaker has partnered with Toyota for development on EVs and high demand is keeping its new plant in Northern California busy. But getting to this point has been anything but easy. During the interview, Musk discusses 2008, a critical period in Tesla’s timeline when he came close to shutting the doors for good.
He also has strong words about Henrick Fisker and why he thinks the company – and the Fisker Karma – is flawed. Musk suggests that Fisker prioritizes design too much over electric-car engineering. “He thinks the reason we don’t have electric cars is for lack of styling. This is not the reason. It’s fundamentally a technology problem.”
The interview includes a response from Fisker that reads, in part: “Obviously, Tesla and Fisker are appealing to two different customer bases with two totally different technologies. Tesla has pure EV and Fisker has a range-extended offering with no compromise on range.”
Musk also discusses Tesla’s extensive testing procedures and points out that none of his cars have caught fire, regardless if they were involved in an accident. Lastly, he discusses the possibility of a smaller sedan to slot below the Model S in terms of size and price.
Click here for the full interview at Automobile magazine and head here to read about our tour of a Tesla factory.