• Apr 13, 2009
Since it was announced that the highly quotable Bob Lutz would be departing from his General Motors management spotlight, automotive bloggers and reporters everywhere have been mourning the loss of an executive with such an exquisite way with words. Now it appears that the pining may have been premature, thanks to the emergence of another top management type with the brass, it seems, to freely speak his mind in public.

In a new interview with Yahoo! Tech Ticker's Sarah Lacy, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was asked what he thought of an earlier New York Times piece that voiced opposition to a government loan for the electric car maker. With a huge smile indicating his delight in the opportunity to speak about the issue, Musk announced that "Randy Stross is a huge douchebag". After a brief pause he added, "...and an idiot." Take that, Mr. Fancy Pants reporter guy!

In the course of the interview, Musk goes on to explain exactly how he felt the writer in question cherry-picked from the facts to make a case for Department of Energy loan denial, going on to vigorously defend the Tesla business model. In the conversation that followed the opening barrage, it was very interesting to note the certitude expressed by Elon that Tesla Motors would receive the low interest loan requested from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) program. Noting that his company is a "perfect fit" for ATVM funds, he states, "The odds of us getting that money ($350 million) are 99 percent..." alluding to assurances given in private meetings, Musk suggested the funds are coming and coming soon. Hit the jump for the entertaining and informative video.



[Source: Tech Ticker via Tesla Motors Club]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I have the same opinion as him. Except, I see the sedan as useless, and the roadster as fun. They should take the money for the concept sedan, and look into building a cheap electric city car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Tesla,

      Quit messing with Lotuses, buy some GMT900 chassis/bodies and make me an electric Suburban.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you drive a Suburban you're most definitely a douchebag. Hope lots of people key your car up and deflate those tires.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tesla's CEO kills it for me from liking their cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A douchebag calling another a douchebag.

      Takes one to know one I guess.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I didn't care all that much for the interview, but i did enjoy the reporters large breasts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This may sound like a douchebag thing to say but man that chick has a nice rack!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unfortunately she also looks somewhat like Sean Young.
      • 5 Years Ago
      well, that was mature.
      Philometalist
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think its great to see such fierce competition in the fight for the car of the future. Innovation and competition is exactly what we need right now to shift attitudes and generate interest in a cleaner greener future.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I meant quiet, not quite.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tesla made something nobody else had the cojones or intelligence to build... or even thought it was possible to build. If you ask me, he deserved a full right to call douchebag and idiot whomever he wants regardless if it's pc thing to do, especially some annoying fly whose job is to entertain readers with some sarcasm and nothing more than that, and whose contribution to civilization is a blob of ink on what is essentially a piece of toilet paper.

      Immature, impolite? - I don't care. His company is more important than some pen worm. And those people who get their butt hurt cause some young and successive CEO dared to say a cuss on TV... is an idiot too and is free to log off and go pollute the planet in a perfectly pc way. I'd swap million of you worthless idiots with any one engineer from Tesla.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Give me a break! People were building electric cars 100 years ago. The electric car couldn't compete with the internal combustion engine then and nothing has changed since.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That comment cracked me up. Not something a CEO should be saying, but at least he went on and explained WHY he though the guy was a douchebag.

      Actually I don't think the investors will be pissed off. A lot of them are in the Silicon Valley and most of Silicon Valley didn't agree with that article (b/c Silicon Valley started similar to Tesla's direction, very expensive initially but worked toward cheaper prices).

      Tesla is also working on a electric Smart, so it's not like they aren't working on making the EV more affordable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hi!

      Informative video? yes why not..but "entertaining"? yeah that's the word!!

      Love it!

      I'm gonna talk about cars now, the tesla has achieved more than 300 miles with a single charge! that's amazing, and that means they on the right way! Come on guys! make it cheaper and decrease the charging time and i'll take one...seriously, good job and good luck , they deserve it...
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