In an in-depth interview, billionaire Elon Musk talked to a German journalist and businessman Mathias Döpfner about the pandemic, his plans with Tesla,, SpaceX, space exploration and its obsession Mars, where you want to be buried when you die, among other topics. The report was transferred to Business Insider.
Musk had COVID-19, and Döpfner asked him if he had changed any of his attitudes about the virus during his own infection. “No, honestly,” he pointed out. And then, given how he will get vaccinated from North America and Europe next summer, he added: “We will have so many vaccines that we will not know what to do with them. We will have more vaccines than we could use“.
Sustainable energy growth with Tesla
Tesla has achieved a market value of more than $ 500,000 million this year. In any case, Musk admitted: “The stock market is a strange thing. It’s like a manic depression that constantly tells you how much your company is worth.He also assured that he would continue to work independently, thinking of large German car manufacturers (with market values below).
However, he noted: “But part of our technology we can produce or license for companies like BMW. We try to be as faithful as possible to our main goal, which is to accelerate the growth of sustainable energy“.
In that sense, he explained that he would make a charging station for electric cars available from Tesla Compressor for other companies. “We will offer autopilot licenses … And we are also ready to assign licenses to help other companies do the right thing“, He added.
Musk also assured that he was not interested in buying traditional car companies. “Because companies have their own culture. Perhaps it would be considered if the company told us, ‘Please, we are interested in merging with Tesla,’ ”he explained.
Long ago, Tesla tried to create a joint venture with Daimler and Toyota. “However, We found that the enthusiasm of our partners was not great enough. So we eventually liquidated those partnerships and just built our own cars. I think that has changed a lot, “he admitted.
Musk recognizes that today the world is more ready for electric carswith. “People want clean energy. This is usually an age attitude. The younger someone is, the more they care about the environment. And so, as time goes on, they get older and then they become decision makers, ”he said.
The owner of Tesla also said that in 10 years he wants to sell about 2 billion cars and trucks worldwide. The goal of the entrepreneurs is to add 1% of Tesla’s fleet to the global fleet every year. “So that would be about 20 million vehicles a year“, He said.
As he often claims, Musk said he is confident that autonomous driving will be much safer than a human driver. “Getting a driver’s license today is relatively easy, but it often happens that people crash their car for various reasons because they are drunk or distracted. Or there are a lot of messages on the cell phone while driving. Therefore, the standard for driving your own car in the future, when autonomy is ten times safer than driving people, will be much stricter. “
The billionaire has sometimes indicated that he wants to get rid of his property that “weighs” on him. So he wants to sell some of his property. “I sold my main house in Los Angeles“.
“The only stock that is publicly traded is owned by Tesla. If Tesla and SpaceX go bankrupt, I will personally go bankrupt. And I also think, Why should I even try to have stocks? Why do I have all this stuff?“, Question.
He also spoke of his desire for humanity to become a space civilization, a multiplanetary species. “It will take a lot of resources to build a city on Mars. I want to be able to contribute as much as possible to the city of Mars“. He said.
Musk wants to be buried on Mars. “WITHIf you’re going to be buried somewhere, it would be great to be born on Earth and die on Mars”He admitted. And why his obsession with a multiplanetary species? “The sun will get bigger and the oceans will evaporate. Then we better do something. And I believe urgency is important to make life multiplanetary, ”he said.
Regarding the civilization you want to create on Mars, Musk says it will initially be like an ad for Shackleton for Antarctica – an outstanding explorer of the Antarctic continent -: “it’s dangerous, you could die, you’ll be uncomfortable, it’s going to be a long journey, the food is probably not good.” There is also that terrible terror, but it will be a great adventure and one of the most exciting things that has ever happened, if you don’t die “, he expressed.
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