Elon Musk, Jia Yueting, Thierry Viadieu.
“With something like the Model 3, it’s designed such that roughly half the people will be able to afford the car. Then, with fourth generation and smaller cars, we’ll ultimately be in the position where everyone will be able to afford the car.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke at the Future Transport Solutions conference about the EV maker’s future and its approach of a truly affordable Tesla.
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“EVs for us are just another screen. We see cars in the future as an extension of the internet, another entry point for us to sell web-based content and services.”
Billionaire entrepreneur and LeEco CEO Jia Yueting is not planning on making money by selling cars, but by selling content and services through connected EVs that he previously said, could one day be offered for free.
“Maybe they could buy Tesla. On one hand they have a lot of money to do so. On the other if they analyze what becoming an automaker means, they will think twice. This business is very tough. Someone said to me recently, in ten years you will still be in the automotive business for sure. Google and Apple may not be interested anymore.”
Renault executive Thierry Viadieu does not expect Google and Apple to be in the automotive industry long-term. He is still unclear about what Apple could want from the industry, apart from partnering up with a popular company like Tesla.