Elon Musk: Apple employed the Tesla engineers we've fired
Throughout an interview with German enterprise newspaper Handelsblatt on Thursday, Elon Musk unleashed some very CE-Oh No He Did not!-worthy phrases about Apple’s automotive efforts. “They’ve employed individuals we have fired,” he responded when requested if he was fearful a few new competitor that is been snapping up former Tesla engineers. He even revealed that they (he and his pals from the auto firm, presumably) jokingly name Apple the Tesla Graveyard. “In case you do not make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple,” he added and made it some extent to make clear that he wasn’t kidding with that one.
When requested if he takes Apple’s plans critically, he took a jab at one in every of Cupertino’s latest units, in addition to the fruit firm’s typical manufacturing course of, which includes Taiwanese contractor Foxconn:
Did you ever check out the Apple Watch? (laughs) No, significantly: It is good that Apple is shifting and investing on this course. However automobiles are very complicated in comparison with telephones or smartwatches. You possibly can’t simply go to a provider like Foxconn and say: Construct me a automotive. However for Apple, the automotive is the subsequent logical factor to lastly supply a big innovation. A brand new pencil or a much bigger iPad alone weren’t related sufficient.
Musk did not go to Germany simply to diss Apple, although: he went there to speak with authorities representatives about the way forward for mobility and electrical automobiles within the nation. He admitted that monetary and different incentives for EVs — corresponding to permitting them to make use of the bus lanes like Oslo, Norway does — can be extraordinarily useful in Tesla’s enlargement plans.
He additionally did not maintain again when requested what the German automakers are doing mistaken, explaining that they are making an attempt to cling to the previous. Musk boldly proclaimed that we have reached the restrict of what gasoline can do, and it is time to construct the subsequent era of cars. “You see what’s occurred with the present diesel scandal at Volkswagen,” he stated, utilizing the automaker’s emission-dishonest automotive scandal for instance. “In an effort to make progress, they apparently needed to cheat. I feel should you deliberately mislead governments around the globe with software program that’s designed to solely be efficient on the check stand, this can be a very acutely aware motion.”
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