He may or may not have been digging around in his pocket to find his bowtie, but even without it, Elon Musk’s jacket started looking a bit more like a Tuxedo when a shareholder from the audience dropped the last question of the day. The shareholder in question asked if Tesla had any plans to make an aquatic car, and Musk started giggling as if he had been waiting for this exact question all day.
“It’s funny you should mention that,” Musk said as laughter erupted in the room. Many of the enthusiasts in the room already knew that he had actually gone out and purchased the original Lotus submarine from the iconic James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me some years ago (for $1 million at an auction). However, Musk shocked even the most die-hard of fans when he continued.
“We do actually have a design for a submarine car,” he said.
Musk has a way of taking otherwise incredulous topics and tying them down to the real world and grounding them in a hefty dose of sound logic.
He admitted that the idea started with the vehicle in the James Bond film and grew from there. “If you make it a bit bigger, then you can actually have a submarine car.” Lotus’ are tiny cars, so that’s sound logic, especially when taking into account the extra gear a real, working submarine needs to stay waterproof as it navigates the depths of the seven seas.
“I think the market for this will be small,” he admitted, amidst a healthy chorus of laughter. “Small but enthusiastic.” As if the world expects anything else from the man who builds companies on this exact type of qualifier.
He raised millions for The Boring Company by selling limited edition hats and a contraption that looks like a blend of a Star Wars weapon and a backyard BBQ gone wrong — the “Not A Flamethrower.” Despite the name, the device looked and functioned suspiciously like the thing that it is so obviously not named after.
“But we actually do have a design for a submarine car,” he confirmed. “It would be a bit of a distraction, I think. Maybe we will make one as a show car at some point.” Thank God he wasn’t totally serious about adding Tesla’s first watercraft to the lineup. Let’s get into the millions of vehicles per year territory before we take on any extraneous side projects, thank you very much.
Now, that’s an ending to a public shareholder meeting that you’re not going to get at any other listed companies. Thanks, Elon.
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