Elon Musk Reveals the Reason There Will Never Be a Tesla Motorcycle
Tuesday’s Tesla shareholder meeting offered a lot of answers regarding the future of the company and the current status of the Model 3. There were also plenty of questions from shareholders on what they want kind of vehicles they would like to see from the electric carmaker, and while Tesla CEO Elon Musk was happy to consider these options, there was one vehicle he was vehemently against.
One shareholder in the audience asked Musk on Tuesday if Tesla ever thought about getting into the motorcycle business. He responded by saying that when he was younger, he and his brother used to ride motorcycles all the time for about eight years. However, it was near-death incident he had that will keep the electric car company from venturing into the motorcycle business.
“I had a road bike until I was 17 and was almost killed by a truck,” Musk said. “So we’re not going to do motorcycles.”
With no competition from Tesla, this makes Harley-Davidson the lone electric motorcycle maker, or rather soon to be the only maker. Back in January, Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson president and CEO, said the company will make the first electric hog. He predicted the company will have the new bike ready sometime in 2019.
The overall vibe in the shareholder meeting was fairly positive. Musk and other Tesla executives, took questions from Twitter and those in attendance, including a member of PETA. He gave relatively positive outlooks for the future of the company, and also said it’s likely that the company will produce 5,000 Model 3s per week by the end of the month.
As a fashionable CEO, Musk opted out of wearing a blazer and instead took the stage wearing a particular shirt showing how much of a fan he is of the TV show, Rick and Morty,