Business Insider: "Elon Musk: Refining Gas Uses More Electricity Than Electric Cars" Oct 26, 2011
Nice, long interview.
Elon: We will deliver cars to customers no later than July of next year. Some companies out there quote a start of production that is substantially in advance of when customers get their cars. Just to be precise, we'll deliver cars to customers no later than July of next year.Chris: You'll be very pleasantly surprised with the Model S when you get a chance to drive that. It's interesting that Tesla has taken the attitude that this is going to be the best car period. We set up the title, "Revenge of the Electric Car" not for the horse race of what car sales would be like in 2011 or 2012 but how the industry is making a huge turn. Kind of like the Spanish Armada, which doesn't happen very often.A company like Nissan or what we're doing with Toyota or Daimler where we're providing the whole power train for the electric Rav-4 that's coming out next year, I think that will be a very compelling mass market vehicle. I'm not sure what price Toyota will sell it for but it will be a really great vehicle with a range of 150 miles and much better acceleration than the gasoline version of the Rav-4.
With Daimler we're providing the battery pack for the electric smart car and for the E class Mercedes. Unfortunately those are primarily in Europe but I think there's a good chance Daimler will start to bring that stuff to the U.S. Because we don't have the economies of scale of the big car companies is to try to provide affordable vehicles by working in partnership with companies like Daimler and Toyota, and thus accelerating the time to market of affordable vehicles.