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:
- Next SpaceX launch will be in 6-8 weeks and they will try to land it.
- Elon says Germany is great in renewable energy generation but not so great in renewable energy consumption.
- For powerwall batteries Australia and Germany are two important markets.
- 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.
- Elon says it would be better if there was a carbon tax and no EV incentives.
- Elon: The current refugee crisis is a taste of things to happen in the future if we don't do something about climate change.
- Elon pushes the energy storage idea. A few times he emphasized the idea of combining solar with energy storage.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sigmar Gabriel: It is a good idea to have both incentives and carbon tax.
- Elon: Model 3 will be released in 2-2.5 years.