Originally published on sister siteEV Obsession.
When a former co-founder of a game-changing company says great things, you know you are on the right track. In this case, it’s Steve Wozniak showering praise on Elon Musk and company.
The Apple co-founder said last week Tesla is the “biggest disrupter” in the US auto market, speaking to CNBC Asia.
Wozniak added Musk has created the first blossoming automobile company since 1927. He also added Tesla is the first electric car which “feels normal” as you can drive it without any destruction.
It’s been a roller coaster 2016 for Tesla. News including a fatal accident in Florida involving a Model S on auto pilot received a lot of negative attention, quite unduly.
However, Tesla has also had some rock solid gains in moving forward EVs. It unveiled its affordable $35,000 Model 3 to an amazing number of pre-bookings this spring. It also opened its momentous Gigafactory. The Gigafactory is key to mass producing Tesla’s Model 3 and other vehicles.
Tesla plans to not only disrupt the automobile industry, but also energy. It agreed to buy SolarCity in a deal earlier this summer, making plenty of sense for each side. SolarCity also plans to build solar roofs (not just rooftop solar), which will make it easier in the future for homeowners to go solar.
“Disruption” has been the buzzword in late 20th and early 21st century business lingo. The Internet helped disrupt many industries, including telecommunications — Apple’s iPhone is a prime example. Now, those same principles are being felt across the automotive sector with Tesla as it pushes the limits in moving away from fossil-based transport.
Who better to give an honor of disruption than Mr. Wozniak himself, a person who knows a few things about “changing the game” within industries?