Sarah Palin calls Tesla a ‘loser,’ which ‘wounds’ CEO Elon Musk
Wasn’t it the 2012 presidential race that featured Republican candidates disparaging electric vehicle companies? Well, yes, but that doesn’t mean the 2008 vice presidential candidate (and
Ex-Alaska governor) Sarah Palin can’t do the same. In a Facebook post that bashed subsidies for advanced-powertrain vehicles like the Fisker Karma and Chevrolet Volt, Palin referred to California-based electric-car maker Tesla Motors as a “loser.”
Palin, in a Facebook post presumably written while she enjoyed her home’s view of Russia, took note of the recent Fisker layoffs and grouped it with what she called “past losers like the Obama-subsidized Volt that gets 40 miles per battery charge, or like the Obama-subsidized Tesla that turns into a ‘brick’ when the battery completely discharges and then costs $40,000 to repair.” Naturally, Tesla chief Elon Musk turned to Twitter for his response, noting on Monday that Tesla’s Model S warranty does indeed cover “bricking.” “Sarah Palin calls Tesla a loser,” Musk Tweeted. “Am deeply wounded.”
Tesla confirmed last week that it turned its first-ever profit during the first quarter of this year. What losers.
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