Published on October 24th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro
Video: Elon Musk Calls Fuel Cells Bullshit, Hints At 3rd-Gen Tesla
When Elon Musk talks, people listen, and the electric car entrepreneur has never been afraid to speak his mind. At a recent Tesla conference in Germany, Elon Musk said that the hydrogen fuel cells many automakers are pouring billions of dollars into are “so bullshit.” No, please Elon, tell us how you really feel.
As a maker of pure electric cars, I don’t exactly expect Musk to wholeheartedly embrace hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. But according to Musk, hydrogen makes sense for spaceships, not automobiles, as it is a very dangerous and volatile fuel. He goes on to say that hydrogen fuel cells are largely a marketing gimmick, and that lithium-ion batteries are cheaper and more energy dense than fuel cells.
Obviously, Elon is not a fan, though it wasn’t all negativity at the press conference. Besides telling German Tesla fans that free tuning for the high-speed Autobahn would soon be available, Musk also said that work was well underway on the third-generation, lower-cost Tesla for the masses. Musk said that the design will be revealed in the next 12 to 18 months, and that’s not all.
An even bigger battery pack option for the Tesla Model S is also in the works, offering even more range than the massive 85 kWh battery pack currently offered. Additionally, Musk promised an ever-larger network of Tesla Superchargers, which would also get a power boost to 135 KW, up for 120 KW. That means even faster charging is coming, and soon.
One thing is for sure; Elon Musk knows how to get our attention.