Video: Tesla VP Diarmuid O’Connell Discusses Everything Tesla

DEC 31 2013 BY ELECTRICCARSTV 8

The video description sums this one up as follows:

Tesla VP Talks Tesla

Tesla VP Talks Tesla

“Diarmuid O’Connell has been forever at Tesla which is 8 years. He worked for Coke, startups and Colin Powell on Iraq. employee 51 he talks about lessons learned with Roadster (go it alone is liberating!), how software is the key, how Tesla works with Toyota/Mercedes, what are the chances in G3 for €35.000, the importance of Tesla as an industry influences and the deep passion you need to work at Tesla. 20 minutes of going deep.”

O’Connell discusses Tesla from the Roadster to Gen III in this insightful interview that lasts nearly 20 minutes.

Does to his easy-going style, we often find it rather humorous when Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks, O’Connell on the other hand is more businessy, which perhaps makes for a drier conversation, but it’s clear to us that Tesla’s VP truly knows his stuff.

The difference between Musk and O’Donnell is readily apparent, as you’ll immediately see in this video interview.

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Most interesting comments to me were about working with the Chinese government to reduce the tariffs on the Model S. It makes sense for them to have an assembly plant in Asia at some point and China (along with Japan) is a logical choice. Tesla may have alluded to the possibility of a plant in China in the past. As far as I know, they would also have to give propriety technology to the Chinese as well to remove the tariffs. Maybe they see a day where this policy will change or the tarrif’s can be reduced via other means, but I hope they aren’t considering giving away tech. That industrial blackmail policy needs to be attacked by the internationalial community.

O’Connell definitely seems more relaxed and confident in front of the camera. Elon often stutters a lot and loses track of what he was going to say.

interviewer was a bit of a prick, with incorrect facts

I agree.

The interviewer’s notion on Iraq of how things can go wrong even if “you go in with all the right intentions ….” made me cringe. I was so happy to see the VP not falling for this.

@ 14:45 he almost slipped out the Gen 3 cars name…

I didn’t realize they were going to start on the Giga factory in 2014.

Pretty wild that they intend to make batteries themselves. If they actually do.
That’s pretty ambitious