Tesla CEO Elon Musk: A Genius With A Grand Quest Full Of Goodness

FEB 18 2019 BY EVANNEX 24


With Tesla, Elon Musk set out to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy. With solar, battery storage, and electric cars, Musk is looking (deeply) at practical clean energy solutions for the planet. He’s even opened the company’s patents to expedite EV adoption by others in the auto industry.

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Above: While in Oslo supervising the European Model 3 launch, Musk ran into a Tesla fan (Twitter: Helia Albuquerque)

According to a recent article in CNBC Make It, Musk admitted that, “The fundamental goodness of Tesla … so like the ‘why’ of Tesla, the relevance, what’s the point of Tesla, comes down to two things: acceleration of sustainable energy and autonomy.”

“The acceleration of sustainable energy is absolutely fundamental, because this is the next potential risk for humanity,” Musk said. “So obviously, that is, by far and away, the most important thing.”

Furthermore, it’s reported that, “Between 2035 and 2045, autonomous vehicles could save 585,000 lives ‘conservatively,’ according to a 2017 report released by Intel.” Musk concurs — noting that self-driving cars are poised to “save millions of lives.”

Above: A look at Tesla’s Model 3 (Image: Tesla)

And it’s not just the feel-good aspect of improving driver safety either. Musk adds, “if you’re on the road, you can spend time doing things that you enjoy instead of [sitting] in terrible traffic. So it’s extremely important.”

Other luminaries have lauded the Tesla CEO for his relentless pursuit of the company’s mission — along with his breathtaking ambition at SpaceX. In the UK last year, Musk was honored among 50 eminent scientists, researchers and engineers and named as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has gone so far as to say that Elon Musk will “transform civilization as we know it.”

And it’s not just scientists and environmentalists that feel this way. Billionaire business icons also seem to agree. Richard BransonMark CubanLarry EllisonRon BaronLarry Page. Why? A fascinating Bloomberg documentary, produced a few years back, helps provide insight into why so many revere the Iron Man.

Above: Bloomberg’s ‘Risk Takers’ documentary examines the drive, ambition, and success of Elon Musk (Youtube: Bloomberg)

Perhaps Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk’s biographer, sums it up best: “He’s the possessed genius on the grandest quest anyone has ever concocted. He’s less a C.E.O. chasing riches than a general marshaling troops to secure victory. Where Mark Zuckerberg wants to help you share baby photos, Musk wants to … well … save the human race from self-imposed or accidental annihilation.”


Source: CNBC Make ItBloomberg

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24 Comments on "Tesla CEO Elon Musk: A Genius With A Grand Quest Full Of Goodness"

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It’s always difficult to quantify prevention. Avoiding a horrible accident, and then quantifying it and articulating it with the force of someone who actually experienced and survived a horrible accident is very difficult. That’s why humans tend to be more reactive than proactive. It’s why so many dismiss Elon Musk and others who strive for living more efficient, who look beyond today, and who (despite those naysayers who work against ’em) attempt to bring as many folks into the light as possible.

I can understand why many feel that there’s a cringe element of fan service among plug-in sites. This is exceptionally strong. Besides the pomp and main picture posted, this was an uplifting read.

WTF is this purey hagiographic material?

Has IEV become Pravda now? Even Electrek is not quite as reverential towards Dear Leader.

Agreed. This is about as cringe-worthy as “articles” on car sites gets.

Again: We desperately need first-rate EV content to support both the existing plugheads (like me) and the newcomers. This “article” isn’t close.

Both of you saw the picture, read the title, and still continued onto the article and THEN to complain?
Self inflicted wounds man.

Certainly didn’t read every word. Just enough to make sure it’s not a spoof article 🙂

Reading an EVANNEX article is like eating a whole gallon of Safeway brand ice cream. Nothing substantive in it, but an obscene amount of sugar that will leave you in a coma.

Not only that, but every single one of the dating site ads on this website cannot be gotten rid of, not matter what choice a I select:
1) Seen this ad multiple times
2) Ad covered content
3) Not interested in this ad
4) Ad was inappropriate

So many bimbo’s shown for sketchy websites.

I find the video problematic.
Musk, companies on a number of occasions is bailed out by Musk personally, and then they never resolve that the companies got to good financial footing afterwords. Three cliffhangers, with no resolution, except the government loan payback with interest and a bonus, years early.

Kind of strange way to do a video.

Also, you might add a graph of Tesla asset growth over it’s lifetime, to give the viewer some kind of reality view of how rapidly and how big the company has come in such a short time. Asset growth or sales growth would give the viewer some kind of benchmark to see what’s really going on.

“Just don’t criticize him on Twitter”

Is this a criticize or an insult ? Should you say thanks to someone who attacks you ?

Quote: “He also told CNN Musk could “stick his submarine where it hurts”.”
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/15/elon-musk-british-diver-thai-cave-rescue-pedo-twitter

“Other luminaries have lauded the Tesla CEO for his relentless pursuit of the company’s mission”
Tesla bans electric passenger services from using their Superchargers.
Electric passenger services are required to have a sustainable transport system, and absolutely necessary to avoid catastrophic Climate Change.
“Relentless pursuit” does not include obstruction of electric passenger services.
While Tesla bans taxis etc from Supercharging they are actively obstructing the necessary transition to sustainable transport.
Tesla deserves condemnation for this behaviour.

Please explain.

Which part?
The part where Tesla obstructs the necessary transition to electric passenger transport by banning them from Supercharging?
Or the part where the media pretty much ignores it?

Other car manufacturers have the opportunity to join the network. It’s just not a freebie. The other manufacturers would need to pay to help expand, maintain and pay for power usage.

Tesla has, so far, not allowed other manufacturers to “join” their network.
Tesla would not allow OHPEC to “join” their network, even though we used Tesla vehicles FFS.
Note that other networks do allow any vehicle to use them, including Tesla vehicles, without any “joining” having to be negotiated and declined. Tesla is unique in their behaviour, and it is against the societal good.

> Tesla has, so far, not allowed other manufacturers to “join” their network.

Who wants to join, and are they ready to agree to Tesla’s terms?

Building the Supercharger network is not free, and neither is electricity.

You just right away assume that Tesla is at fault.

I did not just “right away assume”.
OHPEC was not permitted by Tesla to “join” their network with no negotiation allowed.

Hello Bernard,

I was not aware of this OHPEC, but I just finished reading the details.

That is sad, and unfortunate.

My only guess as why Tesla did this, as they have a use case for the Superchargers, that does not involve business like OHPEC that may overuse the chargers, at the expense of other patrons, even though OHPEC wanted to pay, but that puts them at the same level as Model 3 buyers who are not getting supercharging for life, and moving forward will be the majority users of the Superchargers.

I think any Taxi service, should consider building out a few DC chargers to meet their needs, and consider non-Telsa vehicles, now that a range of long distance EV’s like the Kona/Niro are becoming available.

Spending a lot of time of forums being aggrieved at Tesla, is probably not a good use of your time, after all, even though Tesla made a questionable decision here, they are creating EV’s which contribute to cleaner air for us to breath, and Tesla should not be the only company held accountable for charging infrastructure.

You are aware that many SC stations are packed and that Tesla has spent vast amounts of time a d money building them. Do you think it makes sense to crowd the existing SC stations with non Tesla’s so Tesla owners have to wait because the other manufacturers decided to build cars and not have a charging system ready. They could have signed on when they were designing the cars. Instead they waited and now those EV owners aren’t happy.

Tesla and Elon themselves keep saying that they want other manufacturers to use their network. What you are saying is that you disagree with them.
Do you think it makes sense to allow Tesla vehicles to “crowd” other networks?. Do you think all other networks should ban Tesla vehicles using the same reasoning?

A network is more profitable the more it is used. Tesla makes more money, and can install more chargers, by allowing other manufacturer’s vehicles to use their network. Tesla should certainly not ban their own vehicles from their own network, which is what they do.

You are supporting a method of operating which no other network feels a need to use. You are supporting a method of operating which bans the most productive use of Tesla’s vehicles for reducing emissions. You are supporting a method of operating which is not in the best interest of increasing the use of EVs. You are supporting anti-societal corporate stupidity.

I hope Elon Musk never gets into a scandal because Elongate would be really drawn out.

A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world
John Updike

Musk is the Edison of our generation

History does not judge Thomas Edison too kindly in various respects, particularly in his dealings with Nikola Tesla.
However that may turn out to be an apt analogy, given Tesla’s dealings with passenger services.

Yes Edison did some make some terrible decisions with the fight over AC and DC Generation. Nikola Tesla definitely was right and his electric motor was a great contribution.
In many ways John Updike’s quote fits Nikola Tesla more so than Edison.
Nikola Tesla belived electricity should be available for all homes and even gave away his patents and died penniless.