Tesla Motors Board Member Laughs At BMW Electric Car

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Tesla Motors Board Member Laughs At BMW Electric Car

by VW Staff August 21, 2013, 4:24 pm

In an interview to appear this evening on FOX Business Network’s (FBN)  MONEY w/Melissa Francis  (5PM/ET), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA ) board member Steve Jurvetson spoke with FOX Business Network’s (FBN) Melissa Francis about the future of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA ). Jurvetson said, “hybrid cars are not Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA ) s future” and that “it s a common misperception.” When asked whether he was worried about the launch of the BMW electric car nextr year Jurvetson said, “It s totally a different kind of product” and that “it doesn t have very good range; and they re putting in a gasoline lawnmower engine in there as a backup. It s kind of an odd duck.”

Excerpts from the interview are below.


On whether Tesla will make a hybrid car in the future:

“No.  And the reason is a hybrid car is not an electric car.  It s a common misperception.  You have the worst of both worlds in many cases, a gas engine and a battery, all the complexity, all the maintenance, all of the tradeoffs that occur in a hybrid car.  It s what Elon calls an amphibian in a transition from dinosaurs to mammals.

  It s an interesting transition species. The reason people ask for it is that until you ve driven an electric car, your perception is and mine was as well that I must need that ability to refuel, that I have to have that comfort of going to a gas station.  But I ve driven an electric car for five years; I ve never charged anywhere but home.

  You start each day with more range than you could ever use before you re home again.  It just changes your thinking. Why go to a  gas station?

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So instead what Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA ) does is they put in superchargers across the country that says not only can you refill whenever you want and do a long road trip.  It s going to be free forever.  It takes the whole issue off the table.

   So I think it is an important initiative.  Think about, but hybrid cars are not Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA ) s future.  It s the conventional wisdom of the big car companies.”

On whether Tesla investor’s should be worried about the new BMW electric car that is coming out next year:

“Well, both Elon and I burst into laughter with the questions just because Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (FRA:BMW) itself said and I ve never heard any product release say this a year before its release we re not trying to make the best electric car; we re building this vehicle because we have to for regulatory reasons.  They’re basically they re saying don t judge us by this car and whether it s any good or not a year before it s released.  It s totally a different kind of product.

  It doesn t have very good range; and they re putting in a gasoline lawnmower engine in there as a backup.  It s kind of an odd duck.”

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