Elon Musk of Tesla, never one to pull punches, really let loose on this interview that Fox Business just posted. The interview takes play at HP Labs, and is part of anchor Liz Claman’s annual sojourn to Silicon Valley.
Musk talks both Tesla and Space X. Here are some excerpts as passed along by Fox Business:
SpaceX Founder & CEO and Tesla Co-Founder & CEO Elon Musk spoke with FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman about his future plans for both companies. Musk stated that SpaceX is hoping to “do our first flight with astronauts in about three years” and “a Mars mission with people in 12 to 15 years.” Regarding growth at Tesla, Musk stated “in the last 6-8 months we have hired 1,000 people” and that the company will “probably double” their production average of 40 cars per week.
Excerpts are below, courtesy Fox Busines:
On when SpaceX will send their first round of astronauts to space in the Dragon Capsule:
“I think we will probably do our first flight with astronauts in about 3 years.”
On his predictions for a Mars mission:
“Mars mission with people in 12 to 15 years that’s our aspiration.”
On increasing production at Tesla’s Model S Plant beyond their average of 40 cars per week:
“We’re going to do more this week. Probably double that…80 cars this week.”
On if they are hiring:
“We are, absolutely. In fact, Tesla employs over 3,000 people. In the last six to eight months we have hired 1,000 people.”
On whether the presidential election will impact Tesla:
“No I don’t think it would make much difference actually. Obviously, President Obama is much more supportive of sustainable energy and electric cars and that kind of thing, but it’s worth noting that the Department of Energy program, Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program, which is what Tesla won the award for, was signed into law by President Bush and at this point we’ve fully drawn down the loan so I don’t know what Romney would do if he really hated us, which I don’t think he really hates us. I think he is a little too fond of oil.”
On Tesla’s stock being a “huge short position”:
“It’s doing pretty well actually given that we’re such a huge short position. In fact I think the short position may be as high as one can actually go. They literally hit the ceiling on the short position. The shorts are in it to the hills. I think it is very unwise to be shorting Tesla, it’s very unwise. There is a tsunami of hurt coming for the short.
Here is the segment: