Video: Elon Musk Discusses First Tesla Model S Fire

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 11

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has now opened up in an exclusive interview with Bloomberg Television’s Guy Johnson to discuss the first Tesla Model S fire that occurred nearly one month ago.

Model S Fire Discussed by Elon Musk

Model S Fire Discussed by Elon Musk

This interview, held after the opening of Tesla’s store in London, marks the first time we’ve heard Musk publicly speak of the Model S fire.

What Musk says may not be eye-opening, but how he fields these seemingly rehearsed questions with some off-the-cuff replies is Musk at his best.

At one point, Guy Johnson mentions a remark made by Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn.  The remark is Winterkorn taking a shot at Tesla by saying he was “startled” by the Model S fire and that VW’s batteries are safe.  Musk essentially replies by saying that VW literally has thousands of vehicle fires to contend with each and every year.  Yes…thousands.

Does it get any better than this?

If only all CEOs could reply so candidly and with such knowledge, then the automotive world would be…

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11 responses to "Video: Elon Musk Discusses First Tesla Model S Fire"

  1. David Murray says:

    It is unusual seeing him dressed so formally. I actually prefer his usual manner of dress. Him and Steve Jobs have proven that you don’t have to dress in a fancy suit every day to run a company.

    1. Bill Howland says:

      Formal or Casual Dress, Musk comes across to me as having too much hubris. I own only Ev’s at the moment, but really, most gas cars do not burst into flames when running over obstructions, or collisions, and most gas fires that do occur are small and contained.

      Musk is quicor k to Diss the Nissan Leaf or the GM Volt as being “not too good”, but has he ever driven them?

      My Tesla service guy had never driven a Volt so when he had to go to the hardware store for some parts, I let him drive it. He said he was very impressed, especially for a car with a LOW COST.

      The S lately, through coincidence, has had 2 bad problems in 2 weeks. I don’t hear Gm or Nissan doing any bad mouthing.

  2. vdiv says:

    What we do not know at this point is which line is longer, that of people waiting to get a Tesla, or that of people that want to work for the company.

    There is hope, apparently 🙂

    1. Ocean Railroader says:

      I’m glad he’s making these Cars in the US in that it really shows how America can invent and make things from the future now.

      1. io says:

        That also tell us something about some other people in the US, who relentlessly mock or even fight such developments, not understanding that they also benefit from them…

  3. Anderlan says:

    “Obviously you’re not flying [lithium batteries] at 37,000 feet.”

    No, Elon’s SpaceX is flying them at TEN TIMES THAT ALTITUDE, brainiac.

  4. EV says:

    that guy is the prime example of a tesla nay sayer on the internet, then when you confront them in person, vocal to vocal convo they are speachless, you state facts and they state opinions, you know what your talking about and they dont have a clue…. gotta love the internet

  5. kdawg says:

    Guy Johnson, what a sad person/puppet… I know another word for “Johnson”.

  6. T2Y says:

    Musk came across as very I’ll informed with some very glaring misstatements and omissions.

  7. Anon says:

    Well T2Y, care to elaborate with supporting data???

  8. Priusmaniac says:

    I just wonder what Martin Winterkorn is going to say when the first BMW i3 is going to burn. Since it is made of combustible carbon fibers, after a fire there is almost nothing that will be left, especially with a wooden dashboard. Perhaps we will find some bolts back and the Rex bloc if it has one.