Elon Musk’s work schedule has launched a thousand conversations, particularly in 2018 when he put in 120 hour weeks to oversee production of the Tesla Model 3. What could possibly drive someone to work so hard?
Well, according to the entrepreneur himself, he works so much because he is absolutely and totally committed to helping save the Earth from the adverse effects of climate change.
“Tesla is incredibly important for the future of sustainable transport and energy generation. The fundamental purpose, the fundamental good that Tesla provides is accelerating the advent of sustainable transport and energy production,” Musk told Recode in a comprehensive interview in November.
“The success of Tesla is, by far, the biggest forcing function for the other car makers to get into electric cars.”
Musk went on to state that climate change is the single most important issue facing humanity. If we can’t start repairing the Earth, Musk suggested, we can kiss life on this beautiful planet goodbye.
“It’s very important for the future of the world. It’s very important for all life on Earth. This supersedes political parties, race, creed, religion, it doesn’t matter. If we do not solve the environment, we’re all damned.”
While it may be easy to think that Musk got into the world of automobiles to make money, the eccentric billionaire says the whole point of Tesla is to accelerate the advent of electric vehicles.
“If somebody comes and makes a better electric car than Tesla and it’s so much better than ours that we can’t sell our cars, and we go bankrupt, I still think that’s a good thing for the world.”.
That’s a bold statement indeed. And while he has been under fire and faced legal action for some of his tweets, which were indeed ill-advised, you can’t criticize his work ethic.