Elon Musk & Shinzo Abe

Elon Musk & Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently visited Silicon Valley.  During his visit, he swung by Tesla Motors and met up with Elon Musk.

The highlight of his visit was driving in a Tesla Model S P85D in Insane Mode.

"The two drove slowly out of the parking lot at Tesla Motors Inc. before racing out of sight on a Palo Alto road."

"I don’t think he gets driven fast in a car very often,” Tesla Chief Executive Officer Musk told reporters after the spin on Thursday. “I did say: Is it OK if we go fast? He said: ‘Yes.’ It was like, OK, boom!” the 43-year-old billionaire said moments after Abe departed."

According to Bloomberg, Musk broached the subject of charging points in Japan:

"Musk said Abe had fun on the ride, which was joined by two security officers in the back seat. “We talked about what are the challenges with electric vehicles.”

Musk said he spoke to Abe about having parking lots in Japan where electric cars can be charged. Musk has said he plans to have 30 charging stations in Japan this year, the Nikkei newspaper reported."

Shinzo Abe earlier tested the autonomous Nissan LEAF and the hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai in Japan, which means that he already has a strong overview of alternative drive technology.

"Abe’s brush with Silicon Valley royalty was part of a week-long trip to the U.S. that included a stop in Washington to meet with President Barack Obama and address a joint session of Congress. His visit is aimed at showcasing the world’s third-largest economy as a close ally, willing and able to help advance shared economic and strategic goals in Asia and beyond.

Abe’s day in Silicon Valley and San Francisco included stops at Stanford University and Facebook Inc., and meetings with venture capitalists and California Governor Jerry Brown. Abe showed the 77-year-old Democrat a bullet-train simulator as part of his nation’s bid to sell high-speed rail to California."

Source: Bloomberg