Tesla CEO Musk: Chinese smart and diligent, the United States is too complacent.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in an interview friday (July 31) that China shocked him, Chinese very smart and hard-working, and that the U.S. itself was too complacent. On the day of the interview, when Jason Stein, publisher of Automotive News, asked “how China is a global leader in electric vehicle strategy,” Musk said:

“China shocked me. There are a lot of smart, hard-working people out there who are really not arrogant at all. Looking at the United States, we are becoming more arrogant and complacent, especially in places like the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York. “

Musk then used a sports metaphor to illustrate the problem, “The United States, especially California and New York, have won for too long.” When you win too long, you take everything for granted. Like some professional sports team, they win the championship several times in a row, and they become complacent and then they start losing. “

Musk also complained that the day, although Tesla in the U. S. to obtain a number of loans and tax incentives, but The U.S. automaker shaved the “least” government support. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Tesla has received more than $4.9 billion in U.S. government grants so far.”

In addition, Musk noted that Tesla paid off a loan from the U.S. Department of Energy in advance. In June 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy provided Tesla with a $465 million loan to build an auto assembly plant in Fremont, California, and begin production of its flagship all-electric model S. Tesla repaid the loan by May 2013, nine years ahead of schedule. (Overseas Net Wei Xuexuan)