Elon Musk Is Delighted Tesla Lover Jay Leno Says EVs Are the Future

Billionaire Elon Musk is thrilled that car aficionado Jay Leno is a Tesla lover who’s confident that electric cars are the future of the auto industry.
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Billionaire Elon Musk is thrilled that car aficionado Jay Leno is a Tesla lover who believes that electric cars are the future. | Source: (i) Frederic J. BROWN / AFP (ii) Photo by Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP, File; Edited by CCN

Billionaire Elon Musk is thrilled that car aficionado Jay Leno is a Tesla lover who’s confident that electric cars are the future of the auto industry.

Musk tweeted his approval of Leno’s prior remarks, when he said that the days of gasoline-fueled cars are coming to an end. “Jay Leno really knows his cars!” Musk gushed.

And @JayLeno really knows cars! https://t.co/QN3x0UzP4v

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2019

Leno: Tesla is very low-maintenance

Hours earlier, Leno told CNBC (video below) that gasoline-powered cars will eventually be replaced by electric cars.

Leno, the former host of the “Tonight Show,” currently stars on the CNBC show “Jay Leno’s Garage.” Season five of the weekly show premieres on Aug. 28.

Leno is an avid car collector who owns 286 vehicles. Among his favorite is the Tesla, which he bought in 2016.

Leno says what he loves about his Tesla is how low-maintenance is it.

“I have a Tesla. I’ve had it for three years. I’ve never done anything. There’s no fluids to change.”

Leno: ‘There’s almost no reason to have a gas car’

Leno predicts that a child born today “probably has as much chance of driving in a gas car as people today have been driving a car with a stick shift.”

The comedian says gasoline-fueled cars will still be around in the future, but there won’t be many of them because electric cars will render them obsolete.

Leno says Tesla has been successful because it exceeded the market’s expectations of what electric cars can do.

“[Tesla] sort of solved the battery problem. It can go 350 to 400 miles at a charge. There’s no maintenance. They’re faster than the gas car. So there’s almost no reason to have a gas car unless you’re doing long-haul duty.”

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Tesla owner Jay Leno says he loves his Tesla and praised Elon Musk as a pioneer. | Source: screenshot

Leno: The Elon Musk haters are wack

Leno has long been a fan of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. In 2016, Leno said Musk deserved a lot of credit for entering a tough, super-competitive industry as a pioneer in the obscure electric-car market.

Leno also said he didn’t understand why Musk has so many haters since he’s building a high-quality American car in the United States that pays fair wages.

“Here’s a guy building an American car in America using American labor and paying them a union wage. Why are you not rooting for it to be successful? I don’t quite understand that.”

In 2018, Leno featured the Tesla Roadster on his CNBC show. The segment was an immediate hit.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk recently won praise from another Tesla owner for fixing a flaw after it was brought to his attention on Twitter.

As CCN reported, Musk fixed the “Dog Mode” feature after a customer complained that it almost killed his pet. The “Dog Mode” feature regulates the car’s interior temperature to keep unattended pets cool until their owner returns.

High import duties keeping Tesla off Indian roads: Musk – News |

(MENAFN – Khaleej Times) Breaking silence over his India plans, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has blamed high import duties on electric cars for blocking the …

(MENAFN – Khaleej Times) Breaking silence over his India plans, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has blamed high import duties on electric cars for blocking the entry of Tesla vehicles in the country.

India has taken a slew of measures to promote the use of electric cars in the country. It recently slashed Goods and services tax (GST) on electric vehicles to five per cent from earlier 12 per cent but to protect domestic automakers, it levies 125 per cent duty on imported vehicles.

“I’m told import duties are extremely high (up to 100 per cent), even for electric cars. This would make our cars unaffordable,” Musk said late Thursday (August 1) while responding to a tweet from an Indian follower.

Close on the heels of Union Budget providing tax relief for buying electric vehicles, the GST Council in its meeting last month cut the tax on electric vehicles (EV) from 12 per cent to 5 per cent, effective August 1, 2019.

The council has also slashed rate for EV chargers from 18 per cent to 5 per cent, making electric vehicle affordable for the buyers.

The twin rate cuts are set to further boost the EV sector. The Budget on July 5 had proposed Income Tax deduction of Rs1.5 lakh on the interest paid on the loans taken to purchase electric vehicles.

This is a major push to the electric vehicles which has so far seen lukewarm response due to high ownership cost and insufficient infrastructure in the country. Not surprisingly, the share of electric vehicles out of total annual vehicle sales in the country is less than 1 per cent.

However, the Modi government is committed to transform the transport sector by promoting the use of green cars and bikes.

Musk, who has been trying to come to India for the past couple of years, told a visiting group of IIT Madras students last month that Tesla may run on Indian roads in 2020.

Musk tweeted in March this year that he would love to be in India in 2019 or next year.

“Would love to be there this year. If not, definitely next! India,” Musk tweeted. He blamed government policies, including FDI norms, for giving up on his India dreams.

Earlier this year, Tesla’s Indian-origin Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja announced his retirement from the firm, bringing Musk’s India dream to a halt again.

Tesla was expected to enter India with the Model 3 that sells for nearly $35,000.

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Elon Musk finally sees a market for Tesla cars in India

Tesla chief Elon Musk is finally bringing his electric cars to India, to reap early bird benefits and to chalk out a niche market as other lesser peers vie for …

29 July 2019

Tesla chief Elon Musk is finally bringing his electric cars to India, to reap early bird benefits and to chalk out a niche market as other lesser peers vie for market share in a market that is yet to bloom.

Musk confirmed in a recent interaction with the students from IIT Madras and again on Twitter that the electric car company will make its entry in India by end of this year or definitely by 2020.
In any case, the Tesla CEO said the car may run on the Indian roads by 2020.
Musk told this in reply to a question by the Avishkar Hyperloop team from IIT Madras that participated in the finals of “SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019”, a global competition organized by the US space transportation company, recently.
Musk’s shift of focus to India comes after the recent launch of Hyundai’s electric car in India and the spate of new entrants in the country’s EV market.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is priced at Rs25.3 – 25.5 lakh and could come cheaper by at least Rs1.4 lakh with the reduction in GST from 12 per cent to 5 per cent.
The Tesla Model 3, on the other hand, could cost around Rs70 lakh, which places the car on the higher end.
Musk has been undecided on his India plans mainly because of difficulties of selling his high cost cars in a mass market for cheaper vehicles.
Tesla is likely to commence its Indian operations with the Model 3 electric car, which has been already delivered to many customers across the world.
Tesla cars have already been successful in making a name for themselves for futuristic designs, great electric powertrains, and, most importantly, several unheard of autonomous driving features. These cars are highly awaited in India, especially by the elite few, who have the cash to splurge on an all-electric fancy car.
Also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in 2015 visited Tesla headquarters at Palo Alto, California with an invite. Musk couls count on government support as well.
Musk has earlier blamed government’s policies for giving up on his India dreams. He also blamed the FDI norms for the delay in the electric car maker’s entry into the Indian market. “Would love to be in India. Some challenging government regulations, unfortunately,” Musk had tweeted.
In January this year, Musk laid the foundation of Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai — the first-ever outside the US — that is expected to produce 500,000 electric vehicles per year and double the production capacity.
Once production starts at the Shanghai Gigafactory, moving Tesla cars to India would be easy.
Tesla, which delivered a record 95,200 cars in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019, however, reported a net loss of $408 million for the quarter that ended 30 June. Tesla’s revenue was higher at $6.3 billion against the $4 billion the company reported last year.

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Elon Musk’s Streaming Feature For Tesla Cars: A Major Driving Concern?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company’s cars would be able to use streaming apps soon. However, this feature could be a risk as it …

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company’s cars would be able to use streaming apps soon. However, this feature could be a risk as it could divide the attention of the driver from the road. Will the new Tesla streaming feature be a concern?

According to Musk, Tesla will soon allow its vehicle owners to stream with Youtube and Netflix. Musk lauds the immersive and cinematic feel of watching shows and movies in a Tesla vehicle. The release of this feature is yet to be known.

While many Tesla owners can definitely enjoy watching their favorite shows on the way, divided attention has long been a fatal problem when it comes to driving. The company has confirmed that the streaming would work when the car is moving.

Back in 2017, a case occurred where a self-driving Uber vehicle crashed into a pedestrian. The driver was watching “The Voice” on Hulu when this accident occurred. On the other end, Tesla’s self-driving systems are still yet to be tested for quality as it did win awards for its features but also caused the company some money in paying for damages when it malfunctioned.

One of the features that could help the streaming feature not be as lethal is its reliance on wi-fi connection. Owners will have to provide their own wi-fi hot spot in order to make the streaming service work. As of now, adding a broadband system to each Tesla car is too expensive for the company to pursue.

However, Netflix and Youtube has a feature which allows users to download videos, shows, and movies ahead of time to watch it later. The downloaded videos don’t need any internet connection. We’ll have to wait if this feature would be included in the Tesla version of these apps.

Other than movies and shows, some video games are also coming to the Tesla vehicles. Owners can play some classic Atari titles and also Studio MDHR’s “Cuphead” which often needs concentration to play successfully. The games are safer due to only working when the car is not moving.

For now, we’ll also have to wait for Musk to confirm the release date and the how the whole feature works for Tesla owners.


Tesla RoadsterPictured: The Tesla Roadster, the world’s first highway-capable all electric car available in the United States, is displayed on its production debut in the Tesla Flagship Store on May 1, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Getty Images/Vince Bucci

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Musk confirms that YouTube and Netflix are coming to Tesla cars soon

Elon Musk has confirmed via Twitter that Tesla owners will soon have the ability to watch YouTube or Netflix on the big screen of their Tesla car.

Elon Musk has confirmed via Twitter that Tesla owners will soon have the ability to watch YouTube or Netflix on the big screen of their Tesla car.

Before you get over-excited and suggest that this might be dangerous, the feature will only work when the car is stationary, according to Musk, but if or when regulation is in place for fully autonomous driving, then you’ll be able to stream movies while the car is driving itself.

Ability to stream YouTube & Netflix when car is stopped coming to your Tesla soon! Has an amazingly immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfy seats & surround sound audio.

— elon (@elonmusk) July 27, 2019

That latter position may still be many years away, but being able to access entertainment services on your Tesla is something of a recent trend. The electric car pioneer has previously added a range of games, allowing drivers to keep themselves entertained when sitting waiting.

Tesla provides a less conventional and rather more refreshing approach to in-car technology. From the early days of the Model S, people commented on little details, like the stereo turning up to 11, and that light-hearted approach continues.

The Tesla Model 3 is probably the best option for watching movies thanks to the landscape display, but as Tesla cars have larger displays than most other cars on the road, we can see this being a fun option. Need to catch up on an episode of the latest blockbuster while charging your car? No problem.

Musk continued answering questions, saying that the new features will come as part of the V10 software and should be rolling-out around August 2019.

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