• Apr 30, 2009
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Elon Musk brought out the Tesla Model S for its big New York debut last night, and Late Night talk show host David Letterman got a real "charge" out of it. Musk appeared on the Late Show and it was kind of strange to watch. Letterman had some kind of throat ailment that left his voice sounding remarkably like Bob Lutz. In spite of that, Dave's trademark style left him showing little sympathy for any automakers when discussing why after more than 100 years no one has really developed the electric car.

Dave didn't spare any kind words for efforts to develop hydrogen fuel cell technology, but he really ripped into General Motors and its baby, the Chevrolet Volt. Apparently the idea of being able to go a mere 40 miles on a charge is not appealing to him, and to his discredit, he didn't bother to mention the range extender. For his part, Musk does nothing to correct this oversight.

Check out the video after the jump for as long as it stays live on YouTube.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think our only real chance for progression as a society is to force everyone in the world to watch Val Kilmer's masterful turn as a Sleuth in the incomparable, "The Saint." Cold Fusion, romance, Russian people, its all in there.

      p.s. Letterman gave up years ago, and even before that, it was hit and miss (as far as I know, I was barely alive). His only chance for redemption is to have Norm MacDonald as a permanent guest.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Good point, but in 70's gas went thru the roof, and lack of efficient cars allowed the Japanese to take a chunck of sales. Next oil shock came in 2001-2008 and this time Japanese will grab much more. So i think GM should not have killed the electric car."

      give me a break. Its much more complicated than that. The Japanese had efficient products because THATS ALL THEY SOLD IN JAPAN. Not because they were smarter or more concerned about global warming. BEfore the 1970s NO ONE in America gave a damn about fuel efficiency and thus the Big 3 had no experience making small, efficient cars. Unsurprisingly, they rushed to create smaller cars in the 70s and came out with mediocre results. The Japanese conversely did not introduce V6 and V8 powered cars until the late 80s because they had no experience with such cars in their home market. Same with trucks which they JUST started to get right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know who's a bigger tool, Musk or Letterman.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What happened to you Letterman? You used to be cool man...

        Remember when he was actually funny? Like when he sent Rupert the Hello Deli guy out with a mic in his shirt and a hidden camera and made an idiot out of himself? Of when he sent 50 guys in rat costumes into a Dunkin' Donuts after a rat was photographed in their front display case?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Both.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A car that costs around 80-100k is better than one that costs 30-40k? Nooooo.

      Bad form, Letterman. I thought you were a car guy, guess you're just a tool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It just shows how clueless the general public really is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, I don't understand all the "Love" being heaped on Tesla.

      Tesla = warmed over Lotus Elise with EV painted on the side.

      Ever driven a Lotus Elise? The damned things are all but unusable for anyone over 5ft10.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like Dave on most nights but this was pretty embarrassing how much he was kissing the ass of Musk and then taking shots at GM for making the Volt when it really took a huge gamble on a technology that other large automakers are forced to follow. Then Musk has the audacity to say that the Volt was inspired by the roadster? Does he have the patent on all lithium-ion batteries or plug-in vehicles?
      How quickly we all forget that Tesla was having some serious financial difficulties a short time ago building just model where GM has 40+ models in the US alone and is struggling with huge legacy costs and developed a vehicle from scratch... unlike the Tesla roadster. Musk is an arrogant tool and I can't wait for the day his little boutique brand has to either be bought out by an actual automaker or goes out of business because it was poorly run.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Elong "Dousche Bag" Musk.

      You can tell the guy has no spine for not correcting Dave's inaccurate statements. The only thing big in his pants is his wallet, and he must have paid Dave to do that infomercial.
      • 5 Years Ago
      don't stop get it get it, 2 days 2 firsts


      maybe because the price will suck and gm has reliability issues with a regular car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I didn't think 9 years olds read autoblog
        • 5 Years Ago
        @FSM It would appear at least one does ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Now I remember why I don't watch letterman. Jay is the only Late Night for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      O GAWD, I TOUCHED IT, I'M BEING ELECTROCUTED!! AH! AH! AH! AH!

      *activate applause sign*

      *clap clap clap clap*
        • 5 Years Ago
        Our media is full of fail, its really sad because its making this country retarded. Literally.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I didn't really think it was out of character for Letterman. He does the same tongue-in-cheek bashing of Oprah, Richard Simmons, Regis. It's him.

      I kinda wish this interview was more timely (like when they launched the sedan a few months back). Overall, the interview was 'okay', but good to see Autoblog reporting about it.
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