It’s been a hell of a week for Tesla CEO Elon Musk: federal investigations, allegations of drug trafficking, and a tearful interview with the biggest newspaper in the world. So why not cap the week with an interview with popular You Tuber and avowed Tesla fan (and Model S owner) Marques Brownlee to talk Model 3 production, technology, science, and basically everything not having to do with this off-the-rails news cycle.
The interview, which MKBHD promoted as “the most important video probably ever on my channel,” took place August 15th, a week after Musk’s fateful “funding secured” tweet about taking Tesla private. But that tweet, which has since spawned a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, never comes up in the course of the 17-minute video. This conversation isn’t for the investors or the analysts or the journalists, but rather for Tesla’s sizable fanbase, the ones who stick with him through thick and thin. (MKBHD says there will be a part two that includes a tour of Tesla’s Fremont factory.)
TheTimesinterview set off a storm of responses from industry analysts, and there are reports that Tesla’s board of directors are trying to find a chief operating officer to support Musk at the car company. But Musk does what Musk does, and sitting down with MKBHD to geek out about “track mode” and aerodynamic drag of sideview mirrors, while his position as CEO seems to hang in the balance, seems kind of like the only way for a week like this to end.