Start-up companies never were easy to get going, fund, stick to a schedule and so on but it’s never been as difficult as it is nowadays.
Tesla, despite having had moderate success with their Roadster, is still just such a company and therefore the delays and uncertain delivery details still crop up.
After having had a few cracks at the subject, Wall Street Journal’s automotive journalist, Dan Neil, found himself in a pretty interesting conversation with Elon Musk.
Tesla’s founder and CEO bet the Pulitzer winning journalist that the Model S would come out on its current schedule. And just to make it a little more interesting, there’s quite the wager riding on it.
Here’s how it stands, if the 2012 Tesla Model S comes out of the factory and is delivered on time, Dan Neil will have to donate $1000 to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
On the other hand, if Dan Neil’s statement about the Tesla Model S’ turns out to be true, that it is ambitious and it won’t happen on time, the EV specialized company will donate $1 million to the same charity.
At this sort of money being thrown around, it’s most likely that Elon Musk either knows for certain that the Tesla Model S will be delivered on time or he plans to make his employees work their fingers to the bone.
Either way, there’s a lot to gain, because of this bet. Not just because the Tesla Model S just might get to meet its scheduled release date but because it’s been a while since personalities clashed in this lovely automotive world of ours.