FROM Elon Musk
Tesla's Quest for the Ultimate Electric Car If you’ve seen the movie Skyfall, you may have noticed that there's one staple of James Bond films that's missing—a sensational new car. The one memorable vehicle is from yesteryear: 007’s old Aston Martin, kept like a relic in a hideaway garage. It’s as if the filmmakers determined there was no contemporary car worth salivating over. In real life however, there is. It’s Elon Musk’s Tesla Model S , an all-electric car that—as numerous excited car geeks will tell you—has a completely reinvented powertrain and a driving experience like no other. Wall Street Journal auto critic Dan Neil tells us exactly why it's so revolutionary. Last month the Tesla Model S was anointed Car of the Year by both Automobile Magazine and Motor Trend—sweet success after years of naysaying from industry critics and even badmouthing on the campaign trail by a presidential challenger. The reason Romney and others poo-poohed Tesla is because it was a clean energy startup utilizing government subsidies that appeared to be unable to deliver its product to the thousands of people who had put down deposits on the car. But it's now clear that Tesla has delivered—and then some. At the Tesla design studio in Hawthorne, Frances meets up with Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Tesla’s chief designer Franz Von Holzhausen to find out how they went about creating both a game-changing car, and a new car company in an age of massive corporations. In an industry dominated by long-established, global behemoths, just how did Tesla get off the ground? And what's it like to drive a Tesla Model S? Tesla's chief designer Franz Von Holzhausen gave his car to his father, Frank Von Holzhausen, who is also a designer, of products. He’s driven every car that his son has designed. Frances called him at his office in Connecticut and asked him first how the car compared to previous ones designed by his son, who has worked for Audi, General Motors and Mazda. Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne A Tesla supercharger at the Hawthorne design studio The huge 17-inch screen on the console Franz Von Holzhausen's father Frank gives the thumbs-up to his new Tesla, designed by his son
Tesla Runs Off with Toyota, Leaving Downey at the Altar Governor Schwarzenegger is among those congratulating Tesla Motors for its decision to make electric cars in California. Tesla has made a deal with Toyota to use a recently closed factory in Fremont, in the East San Francisco Bay Area. While it's great news for Fremont, it's a crushing disappointment here in Los Angeles County. The City of Downey spent a year negotiating with Tesla to operate in buildings where the Apollo spacecraft were built. But the same day that Downey called a special City Council meeting to approve the Tesla deal, Tesla said it had other ideas.
The Future of Aerospace in Southern California America’s Space Shuttle program will come to a halt in September, and the US will rely on other countries to get astronauts to the International Space Station. President Obama calls that an opportunity for American entrepreneurs. SpaceX is headquartered in Hawthorne, and the entrepreneur behind it is Elon Musk. We speak with Musk and others.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.