Video: Elon Musk On The Colbert Report

Last week Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made his way onto the the Colbert Report, where the always-witty Stephen Colbert talked electric cars, rocket ships, and jet packs. Musk also dropped some hints about updates for the Tesla Model X, and what’s next for the serial entrepreneur.

The ten-minute interview is worth the time it takes to watch, and it touches on a number of Elon’s projects, while also revealing some new details. Among them is the fact that Stephen Colbert is a Tesla Model S owner (!!). Also, a new update will soon allow you to name your car (Elon calls his “Old Faithful”), really taking automotive personalization to the next level. Colbert’s favorite feature is the way his Tesla “greets” him, and Musk wants to continue to build that relationship between man and machine.

Besides his chitchat about Tesla, Musk also showed the first successful landing of a reusable rocket booster. Like a true sci-fi rocket, it lifts off and lands in the vertical position, which would make it capable of making a return journey from, say, Mars, the ultimate destination of SpaceX. Of course Colbert being Colbert, he spent the last few minutes talking about how he wanted jetpacks and mind-controlled computers that never need to be plugged in.

And Musk being Musk, he said he’d get right to work on that.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.