Musk raises expectations for Tesla with more bold statements
Following the forays of established automakers into the electric vehicle industry, with the possible exception of BMW, is largely unexciting. New developments are occurring all the time, of course, but for some reason the auto industry’s big players don’t inspire much great hope that electric vehicles will make a significant dent on overall sales anytime soon.
Then there is Tesla Motors. Whenever news in the larger electric vehicle industry is uninspiring, Tesla always remains a beacon of hope for the future. No automaker in the electric vehicle sector has the ambition or vision of Tesla, and most don’t execute their EV plans as well as Elon Musk’s crew.
Much of that ambition, vision, and execution is a reflection of the company’s leader. Musk has an irrepressible drive and enthusiasm for ridding the transportation sector of carbon-based energy sources and an intellect that few (if any) auto executives can match. He is also well-known for his perfectionism, on display with the delayed launch of Model X in part because Musk’s need for perfection is so hard to satisfy.
Does Tesla have a future ace in the hole?
In Thursday’s conference call after the release of Tesla’s quarterly earnings, Musk put forth the expected rhetoric concerning the Gigafactory, launch of Model X, inferiority of hydrogen fuel cells, etc. But a couple comments in particular stood out to attentive observers.