Tesla Founder Elon Musk Wants A Shot At Running Detroit

Posted Jun 16, 2009

Looks like Elon Musk let Governor Arnold Schwarznegger’s words about Detroit getting off their butts and taking notes from Tesla get to his head.  ?When the mess gets sorted out, I?d like to have a conversation with whoever?s in charge at the time ? the car czar or whoever ? and say ?I?d like to run your plants, if you don?t mind,?? stated Musk at Wired’s Disruptive by Design conference in Manhattan.

Musk believes that the electric car is inevitable and will be the future.  ?The reason I?m putting so much time and effort into helping create Tesla is because I?m hoping we can accelerate that transformation,? stated Musk at the conference.  Musk made $200 million when his company PayPal was acquired by eBay around 2002.  After PayPal Musk has been an investor and is focusing on three other businesses.  This includes electric cars at Tesla, space exploration at Space-X, and energy technology at Solar City.

Musk said that one of the problems with Detroit is the union system.  He said that he believes that unions are important, but if there are going to be unions they should be on the same side as the company.

?Most of our experienced factory workers come from unionized environments, and we asked them what benefit did they see in unions,? he added. ?They said, ?Well, if their boss was an asshole, they had recourse.?”

[via Wired]