Posted on September 25, 2015 by Matt Pressman
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is visiting Europe and recently completed some candid interviews in Denmark. Not one to shy away from tough questions, Musk addresses criticism head-on in these interviews. He also admits that big auto and oil companies have “sharp elbows” but... nevertheless, Tesla Motors been able to continue to gain traction and popular support.
Musk applauds Denmark as a world leader in clean energy (referring to wind in particular), but, explains that the Danish government can make a statement to the world by improving its adoption of electric vehicles. He also says in 2020, Tesla Motors should be able to make a car that can go 1200km/charge. And Musk says, “We’re only a month away from having automated driving [auto-steer] for highways.”
Source: Sahil Malik [Interview with Danish newspaper Borsen]
In response to Denmark's recent changes brewing with their support for electric vehicles, Musk noted that Denmark can send either a positive or negative message to the world based on its decision to keep (or eliminate) electric vehicle incentives. He also notes that these incentives are important in order to help encourage sustainable energy and the adoption of new electric vehicle technology.
Source: DR Nyheder
Musk has been quite busy during his European trip thus far -- he's visiting Belgium today where he recently made a statement regarding the Volkswagen scandal. In addition, the Tesla World conference is in full swing in Antwerp.
And, Musk is apparently scheduled to be in the Netherlands later tonight according to the NL Times, "The CEO [Elon Musk] of American electric car manufacturer, Tesla, officially opens a second Tesla factory in the Netherlands on Friday evening, alongside the Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp. The nearly 50,000-square meter factory hires 180 workers, and stands alongside an assembly line and test track for the electric cars. Tesla built the manufacturing capability to provide electric cars for the Netherlands as well as other European nations including Belgium, France and Germany. The first location opened in 2013, with a goal of ending the export of fully-assembled cars from the U.S. to those markets... 'We currently have a lot of capacity in our factory in California, but in due time we will explore the possibilities for local production in Europe,' he [Musk] said."