Few automakers' fortunes and CEOs are as intrinsically linked as Tesla Motors and Elon Musk. The boss of the full-electric automaker can influence the stock of his company with something as simple as an outlandish statement – exactly the sort of utterance the mercurial executive is fond of making. In the latest Musk news, it appears he has no plans to change any of that, saying that he will stay with Tesla for "several more years."

Investors want him to remain at the company through – and past – the launch of the Model S. To leave now would potentially derail any momentum that the company can muster from the all-electric sedan.

Perhaps the investors like the idea of having a lighting rod like Musk around for when questions about cutting production – or when the company will make money – are asked.

Part of his duties through the rest of his tenure at Tesla will also reportedly include personally inspecting production examples of the Model S. To find out exactly what that entails, we reached out to the automaker for comment. According to Tesla spokesperson Christina Ra, Musk checks "Everything from functionality, to fit and finish. Anything from door handles to carpet to molding, to driving... The things we are potentially having to work on are not big things – 98-percent of the car is ready to go."

Ra would not comment on exactly how many cars he checks at the Fremont, California facility, but tells us, "At a high level, he's looking at everything."

We're still not exactly sure what that means, but its always refreshing to see a CEO down in the trenches – even if it might just be a publicity stunt.



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      AudiA4
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what about the Roadster and Model S constitutes "vapor-ware"?
      Worx2749
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you've read up on this, it's a VERY impressive vehicle. 0-60 in four seconds...260 mile range on a charge. Closest dealer to me, though, is 200 miles away.
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          GreenN_Gold
          • 2 Years Ago
          Sounds like an electric vehicle will not work for your personal driving needs. That's ok.
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car hits on everything exept the dash and the price. I like the large screen control panel, but the integration with the rest of the dash looks clunky.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh goody, so that means more promises of vaporware.
        Ashton
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Exactly! He has said he's going to create an online payment system, and make electric cars, and fire rockets in to space! Pshhhhh, that will NEVER happen! IT"S ALL VAPORWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/
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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the guy that delivered goods to the space station can deliver something more than vaporware in sedan form. Secondly, this guy is wicked smart. He's not a CEO of a car company because he's an expert machinist. He's not the CEO of a space transport company because he's a rocket scientist. He's an expert manager and knows how to measure success in the people he hires to be machinists or rocket scientists. Last, people REspect what you INspect. If the CEO of a new company is saying, we're slowly production to ensurqualityand he is inspecting carpet fit, trunk seals, motor wiring and software development, the crew will understand he really means it. Would you rather roll out 100 cars and be the Lexus, or roll out 1000 cars and be the next Fisker?
      schnydo
      • 2 Years Ago
      as a us taxpayer i'm real happy for him and hollywood
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      the23jud
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone else think the Hyundai Genesis coupe looks like this car?
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        RC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @the23jud
        No
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