Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is disrupting the auto market with its fancy electric cars, but now CEO Elon Musk has his sights set even higher. Doc Brown put it best in the Back to the Future II film when he said, “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”
Musk: making a flying car will be easy
The Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO told The Independent that they might make a car that flies “just for fun.” Of course if anyone else had said it, many would think it was a joke, but when Musk says it, he might actually be planning on doing it. In fact, he said he’s been thinking about flying cars “quite a lot.”
He thinks it would actually be pretty easy to make a flying car. However, he says the challenge is making a flying car that’s also “super safe and quiet.”
Making Tesla’s Model S one of the world’s best cars
Musk said when designing Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s Model S, it was important to make the car great on its own merits—not because it’s electric. He said they have to change public opinion by demonstrating that it is “possible for an electric car to be one of the best cars in the world.”
He was in London on Sunday to show off the Model S and deliver the first five sedans to owners in the U.K. One of the nation’s early adopters is Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James. In the U.K., the Model S sells for between £50,000 and £100,000, depending on which model the buyer chooses.
In the next three years, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is aiming to build a car that starts out at half the price of the base model of the Model S. However, Elon Musk said they will never “release an ugly car.” He said they want it to have the best of everything.
Tesla may move into the U.K.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is also apparently looking at locating a research and development center in the U.K., possible in the Midlands. Musk said the facility could open as soon as next year. If the automaker does decide to set up an engineering shop there, he said they would create “at least a few hundred jobs,” although Tesla has not yet told the U.K. government about its plans.