Just how many times can Tesla fans be disappointed by the words of one guy?
Tesla has undoubtedly taken the motoring world by storm. In a very short period of time for an auto manufacturer, Tesla has propelled itself to the top of the list of electric car manufacturers and gained a ridiculous amount of demand from markets around the world.
Tesla famously does not have a public relations department, which is very unusual for a large company, and perhaps that is because Elon Musk wants to do all the PR himself. Well, some could argue that Tesla is doing just fine without one but there’s certainly an argument to be made for the company to begin considering hiring some PR experts.
Elon Musk is very well known and that’s not because he’s one to keep quiet. Often appearing at conventions, television shows and public events Elon makes an effort to be known and one of the worst places he does that is on Twitter. Whether he’s hyping up some random cryptocurrency (likely to manipulate the market to his gain) or throwing insults at heroic cave divers, there’s very seldom peace and quiet coming from his profile. Many of his promises that were either not delivered on or cancelled entirely have actually come from a tweet on Twitter.
For example in October 2018, Elon tweeted: “By next year, a Tesla should be able to drive around a parking lot, find an empty spot, read signs to confirm it’s valid & park.”
Just this month, Tesla removed the 2022 Cybertruck production date from its website, a pickup truck that according to Elon, and reports suggest production is now delayed to 2023. The truck was originally said to be making production in 2021. It has also been promised on stage that it will have bulletproof glass and air filtration good enough to survive a toxic post-apocalyptic environment.
Other wild promises that have been uttered over the years include propulsion jets that will let the Tesla Roadster hover for a short amount of time, that the Cybertruck will be a better sports car than a standard 911 and that you should be able to summon your Tesla from New York if you’re in LA.
Hilariously, Elon also once said that Tesla would never need to raise another funding round and then not long after, he started taking £100 deposits for a concept truck that may not ever make it to production. A £100 deposit for a vehicle is probably the most obvious public fundraiser a company has ever pulled!
There’s no doubt that Tesla has been an excellent disruption in the EV market and the general automotive industry as a whole, encouraging widespread adoption of electric vehicles, however, the way it’s been done has been accented with a long list of bizarre and unbelievable claims that we just keep eating up, for whatever reason. Can’t we help ourselves when it comes to living on a prayer? I really do hope the Tesla Roadster can do 0-60mph in 1.1 seconds but at this point, it would be naive to not be sceptical…
Let us know if you’re a believer in Tesla, or a skeptic, in the comments.
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