Car collector and host of Jay Leno’s Garage Jay Leno recently spoke to Yahoo! Finance about Elon Musk, electric vehicles and why he thinks Elon Musk deserves credit for the popularity of electric vehicles today.
“I think he should get some credit for leading the charge because before Elon, [people would say] ‘it’s a golf cart,'” Leno told Yahoo! Finance. “People would joke about electricity [that] they are slow and whatever. So I give him a lot of credit for that,” Leno said.
Speaking of Tesla building a supercharging network, he recalled a conversation with Elon Musk from 2007 and said, “I remember sitting down and he said, ‘Well, what I want to do, it’s building charging stations all along the coast. And I’m going ‘ok, it’s going to happen, that sounds good.'”
Leno told Yahoo! that Elon Musk started building the charging infrastructure around the same time he started building the car.
“When the car first debuted, you could drive LA to San Francisco. And now you can go anywhere in the country. You see a lot of other automakers entering the electric vehicle market saying you You can charge it anywhere. You really can’t.
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