J.B. Straubel, Tesla co-founder and current chief technology officer, attended the recent 11th Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity at Seogwipo on Jeju Island.

At the conference, Straubel spoke at length in regards to Jeju's initiative to be carbon-free by 2030. Straubel called the initiative "a compelling vision" and says it's the “same direction in which the world needs to head."

Straubel added:

“I think there’s massive potential in this type of vision. This is going to be a massive area of growth for many different countries and many different products all around the world. And starting here could be a good way to do that."

"This is a neat case - it can be a testbed that offers examples on a scale that can show the rest of the country and the world how to be more aggressive."

Straubel's time at the mic at the conference came during a session called “Revolutionary Changes EVs will Bring to Our Lives.”

At one point during Straubel's speech, he recounted Tesla's short history:

“We started in 2003 with just five employees,” he said, reflecting back on the rapid growth of the California-based electric car company. Five years later, the first-generation 2008 Tesla Roadster, an EV sports car, was introduced. Model X, an electric SUV, was revealed last year, and Tesla is currently working on its third-generation vehicle, the Model 3 sedan..."

Speaking of the Model 3, Straubel confirmed that Tesla "has already received 400,000 preorders."

400,000 is significantly higher than the 373,000 confirmed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk a few weeks ago.

Source: Korea Joongang Daily