As he puts it, the reason Tesla is so successful is that Musk left nothing to chance when it comes to customer experience. Many carmakers today still struggle with seeing the bigger picture, which Musk was able to do from day one and, why yes, it involved simultaneously building the infrastructure for the vehicles he was building.
“Even today, a lot of the major manufacturers build an electric car, but, oh, where do you charge it?” says. “Elon was smart, when he started, he knew this idea would work so he built charging stations.”
Unlike some media analysts and the often-ridiculed Tesla “haters” (“shorts,” as Musk himself calls them), Leno doesn’t believe the Tesla market valuation is a bubble that could pop at any moment. If anything, Tesla is poised for even more amazing accomplishments, if only for the reason that it has no real competitor right now.
“[European EVss] don’t have the range of the Tesla,” Leno explains. “They don’t, because Tesla leads the field. We seem to have this inferiority complex that somehow things in Europe are better than things built here. The fact that Elon can send a rocket into space and land it back on Earth for, what, a tenth of the price of the U.S. government? Well, that’s what private industry is supposed to do – cheaper, faster, more efficient.”
Leno brushes off the idea that the adoption of EVs stifles the joy of car ownership because there’s no sound coming from the motor and no gears to go through. For crowded urban environments, an electric vehicle is what makes sense the most, because you’re going to be spending most of the time stuck in traffic, either way.