Tesla boss talks moving to Mars, safeguarding free speech on Twitter and why the aging problem doesn’t need to be solved
Dinner with Elon Musk begins with a Tesla ride. I’m sitting in the back, next to X, the billionaire’s two-and-a-half-year-old son. It’s around 7 p.m. in Austin, and X is, predictably, in a bad mood. We’re on our way to Fonda San Miguel, Elon Musk’s favorite Mexican restaurant, after visiting Tesla’s Gigafactory on the banks of the Colorado River with a Financial Times colleague. On this gigantic site, Elon Musk produces the Y electric SUVs, the latest model in the Tesla collection that catapulted him to the top of the list of the world’s greatest fortunes (the amount of his being $232 billion). Elon Musk, with X perched on his shoulders, proudly showed us around the factory floor, while occasionally ranting about the lack of momentum in investment in refining lithium, an essential element for battery production which the world sorely lacks at present.
Elon Musk’s security chief, the designated driver, comes to the rescue with a bottle of milk that allows X to fall asleep peacefully before we reach the restaurant. For the next two hours, I familiarize myself with the curious character that is Elon Musk, the engineer and the visionary, the billionaire and the disruptor, the agitator and the troublemaker. Challenging armies of skeptics, including myself (to tell you the truth, until my family rebelled against me and bought a Tesla Model 3 and I started driving it, I was convinced that the company would go bankrupt), Elon Musk made Tesla a company with a market capitalization exceeding $700 billion and forced the auto industry […]