Elon Musk Calls Apple Electric Car Project ‘Tesla Graveyard’
We’ve all heard the rumors that have been circulating around the California based technology giant Apple who are apparently hard at work at creating their very own electric car. For the past couple of months, Apple has been on a non stop quest on hiring engineers and other experienced personnel from the automotive field. Top level employees from companies such as Mercedes Benz, Fiat and A123 Systems have been successfully poached by Apple into working for them. Now that they’ve successfully done that, it seems that Apple is after former engineers that used to work for Tesla.
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In a recent interview with German business newspaper Handelsblatt, CEO of Telsa, Elon Musk, claimed that Apple had been hiring engineers that were fired by Tesla, and let’s just say he fully spoke his mind on what he thought about the situation.
When asked if he was worried about possible competition from Apple, he jokingly replied that he and his friends call Apple “The Tesla Graveyard“. According to Musk, people who couldn’t make it at Tesla are being hired by Apple.
“Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch? No, seriously, it’s good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction. But cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches. You can’t just go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: Build me a car. But for Apple, the car is the next logical thing to finally offer a significant innovation. A new pencil or a bigger iPad alone were not relevant enough.”
Though he didn’t just go to Germany just to humiliate Apple. Musk was there to talk about the future of motorized transport and Electric Vehicles (EV) in Germany and rest of the Europe. He didn’t even spare Volkswagen either when it came to talking about the “Volkswagen Scandal” in an attempt to promote the usage of EV’s.
“You see what’s happened with the current diesel scandal at Volkswagen. In order to make progress, they apparently had to cheat. I think if you intentionally mislead governments around the world with software that is designed to only be effective at the test stand, this is a very conscious action.”
Musk used the Volkswagen Scandal as an example to explain that gasoline cars have reached there limit in terms of advancement and the future of personal motorized transport is electric.