Elon Musk’s Tesla is one of the world’s most valuable automotive companies today, but there was a time when the billionaire entrepreneur was treated like an “amateur automaker” by the CEO of one of the world’s leading luxury automakers. Over a decade after the Aston Martin CEO acted “pretty grumpy” when Elon Musk toured his factory, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO responded to the incident with a surprising tweet.
The incident was first described in the 2015 book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and Ashlee Vance’s Search for a Fantastic Future, but it caught attention after a viral tweet on Wednesday night.
“Hey @elonmusk, how did your visit to @astonmartin in 2008 change your work with @tesla?” asked a Twitter account called “Tesla Owners Silicon Valley”.
The tweet further described the visit, writing, “When Musk visited Aston Martin to see a factory tour, CEO treated @elonmusk ‘like an amateur automaker'”.
Elon Musk, 49, confirmed the incident, admitting that the Aston Martin CEO was not entirely wrong. “He was quite grumpy indeed, but we didn’t really know what we were doing so he was right,” wrote Musk.
While he was pretty grumpy, we didn’t really know what we were doing, so he was right
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 17th December 2020
His answer was “liked” over 2,700 times on the microblogging platform.
According to Yahoo News, Ashlee Vance revealed in his book that Elon Musk got into a slump after his divorce in 2008. Hoping to lighten his spirits, his friend Bill Lee asked him to accompany him on a visit to London, during which time Mr Musk visited Aston Martin to tour his factory. The CEO treated Elon Musk “like an amateur automaker,” Vance wrote.
In July of that year, Tesla Inc became the world’s most valuable automaker, overtaking Toyota Motors Corp. Tesla was founded in 2003 and is known for making electric cars.
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