Tesla CEO Elon Musk has hinted at the potential release of flying cars despite failing to deliver a number of previously sold vehicles.
In his announcement of the new $250,000 Tesla Roadster, Musk claimed the car can go “from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 1.9 seconds,” with the ability to purchase “a special option package that takes it to the next level.”
0 to 100 km/h in 1.9 sec pic.twitter.com/xTOTDGuwQj
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 17, 2017
Musk then claimed it could even potentially fly.
“Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe,” he declared. “Certainly possible. Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities.”
Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe …
Certainly possible. Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2017
Despite this, in April, Musk claimed flying cars would be a “challenge.”
“I’m in favor of flying things. Obviously, I do rockets, so I like things that fly. This is not some inherent bias against flying things, but there is a challenge with flying cars in that they’ll be quite noisy, the wind force generated will be very high,” he explained. “Let’s just say that if something’s flying over your head, a whole bunch of flying cars going all over the place, that is not an anxiety-reducing situation.”
Tesla has had repeated issues in delivering cars to customers, and last month it was revealed that the company spent $13 million more per day to “achieve record deliveries of just 12 more cars per day.”
In the same month, Tesla fired hundreds of employees following annual reviews, while this month the company announced the largest quarterly loss in their history and “stated that they would be slashing production on their Model X and Model S cars to focus resources on the development of their Model 3 vehicle.”
As previously reported by Breitbart News, “In October Tesla only produced approximately 260 cars, falling short of their projected production of 1,500 cars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has previously stated that the Model 3 sedan was ‘deep in production hell.’ Following the release of the earnings report, Tesla stock fell by five percent.”
Over the 48-hour period following the quarterly loss, Tesla’s stock plunged $5.5 billion, and in October, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak claimed there was “way too much hype” surrounding Musk and Tesla.