Highlights From Elon Musk’s “Future Economy” Speech In Germany – Video


Elon Musk In Germany

Elon Musk In Germany

As part of the “Economy Of Tomorrow” public debate series, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to the stage in Germany to speak and to answer questions from conference-goers.

Video description (translated from German):

“In the fourth event of public debate series ” Economy for Tomorrow” discussed Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel to the US – American entrepreneur , inventor and investor Elon Musk . Both are presented to interested questions of the numerous guests on the spot – and on social media.”

Via Tesla Motors Club, here are some highlights on Musk’s speech:

  1. Next SpaceX launch will be in 6-8 weeks and they will try to land it.
  2. Elon says Germany is great in renewable energy generation but not so great in renewable energy consumption.
  3. For powerwall batteries Australia and Germany are two important markets.
  4. Sigmar Gabriel, German Minister of Economics and Energy says they have spent €1.5 bn on EV research but now it is time to spend money on incentives.
  5. Elon says it would be better if there was a carbon tax and no EV incentives.
  6. Elon: The current refugee crisis is a taste of things to happen in the future if we don’t do something about climate change.
  7. Elon pushes the energy storage idea. A few times he emphasized the idea of combining solar with energy storage.
  8. Elon reconfirms superchargers can be used by other car makers as long as the car can take that power level and the cost is shared proportionally.
  9. Sigmar Gabriel: There is a conflict between Tesla and the EU about charging standards. We wanted to have a single charging standard in EU but Tesla has already built their chargers. We are working with Tesla to find a solution.
  10. Sigmar Gabriel: It is a good idea to have both incentives and carbon tax.
  11. Elon: Model 3 will be released in 2-2.5 years.

One of the topics touched upon is Supercharger usage. Elon says that a European automaker recently approached Tesla in regards to using the Supercharger network.  According to Musk, Tesla is open to allowing other automakers to use the network, provided they cover their cost of usage of the network.  Musk wouldn’t say which European manufacturer approached Tesla.

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16 Comments on "Highlights From Elon Musk’s “Future Economy” Speech In Germany – Video"

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I just love this guy!

meee toooo!!!!!

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“8. Elon reconfirms superchargers can be used by other car makers as long as the car can take that power level and the cost is shared proportionally.”
He also said he was approached by a European car company about this, but it wasn’t a German car company.

Oops, didn’t see your last paragraph where you mentioned this.

Which one could that be?

Renault hasn’t adopted a DCFC-System yet and reduced ACFC from 43kW to 22kW. With Teslas Plug in Europe they could stick with just having a Type2 inlet. But I’m unsure if Nissan will have anything against that.

A better guess could be Volvo, which also has no DCFC to date.

But probably it’s one of the non German luxury brands like Rollce Royce, Jaguar, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini… but surely not Ferrari or Fiat.

Aston Martin have said that they are working on a BEV, could be them.

Would anyone know if he is scheduled to talk in Vienna, Austria or in Central Europe somewhere?

Its a Insider, but i Tell you. Infiniti LE wants use Supercharger. Perhaps 🙂

Musk is at his best when he is ‘splainin things. I thought the funniest comment came from the minister when he said: ‘we like getting only one wish at this ministry’.

Musk alludes to a bleak future, the extent and depth of human sufferings that will result in that future can hardly be imagined.

It is somewhat ironic, and probably beneficial that the VW ‘Big Stink’ story coincided with Musk’s visit. There is even a synchronicity feel to the whole thing as Musk just nonchalantly refers to VW and their troubles. Essentially his main thrust is that governments need to wake up and stop fiddling while Rome burns. But humans are slow to react until catastrophe is actually upon us, and by then it will be too late.

My guess is Volvo, mainly since they make great cars, and could easily develop charging systems compatible with Tesla, and they make some high end vehicles and are focusing on PHEV and the coming C-30 ev.

Half of the world’s population lives within 97 miles of the ocean.

Sea level rise will start to cause a global retreat from coastlines. Also, estuaries will back up along the rivers that form them, causing flooding much farther inland than coastal flooding would reach.

He said spaceX launch would be 6 – 8 weeks, might have been a transcript error.

I couldn’t tell did Musk think there should be a carbon tax 😉

“3. For powerwall batteries Australia and Germany are the two important markets.”

Top 2 …after the US, Elon said.

Was amusing to see Elon get frustrated with their retarded, “Lets collect all the questions first, then answer them” BS.

“Can I just answer the question now, please?”

Hilarious!!! Dumbest forum format ever.

I know, and it was obvious that it was a dumb format right after the first five questions, but the lady kept going with it….