9 burning questions for Elon Musk

Last week, I tried to ask Elon Musk a question after his appearance at the California Public Utilities Commission. No luck: Despite the stalking, he slipped out a side door. He’s a highly mobile man who is always on the move: Today he’s in Washington, D.C., testifying before a Senate Appropriations Committee about the need for more competition in national security space launches.

What did I want to ask? With a nod to BuzzFeed and their penchant for lists, here’s the top nine.

1.  Why isn’t California on the list of four states being considered for the Gigafactory?

2. Is it safe to assume that the Gigafactory will be located on or near a Union Pacific rail line?

3. How many Tesla employees work on the dedicated self-driving cars/autopilot/autonomous vehicles team that reports directly to you?

4. If you taught elementary school science, how would you explain the difference between power and energy?

5. Have you traveled to China and Hong Kong before, and if so, when?

6. Who drives the most tricked-out Model S: you or JB Straubel?

7. You confirmed that you met with Apple about a year ago. Was Tim Cook at the meeting? What did y’all talk about?

8. Are you planning to get more personally involved in advocating or lobbying for a national carbon tax?

9. What area will be the largest focus of the Musk Foundation’s philanthropy in the next five years?

Got a question of your own? Ping me at dhull@mercurynews.com or comment below!

In this Friday, June 22, 2012 file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk walks past the Tesla Model S after a news conference at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif.





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Dana Hull covers clean technology and energy policy for the San Jose Mercury News. She often writes about electric vehicles, the smart grid, the solar industry and California energy policy, from RPS goals to Gov. Jerry Brown's big dreams for distributed generation.