11/18/13

George Clooney Says His Tesla Roadster Was Unreliable, Elon Musk Tweets Cheeky Reply


Tesla models and environmentally friendly vehicles in general (especially the Prius), are some of Hollywood stars’ favorite cars. While many of these celebrities choose green cars from conviction, others simply do it because it’s trendy, but we won’t get into that discussion right now.

One of the movie stars who owned a Tesla is George Clooney. As a matter of fact, the actor was one of the first Tesla customers, but it looks like the electric car brand didn’t leave a good impression on him. In an interview with Esquire magazine, Clooney said he had to sell his Tesla Roadster because it was not very reliable.

“I had a Tesla. I was one of the first cats with a Tesla. I think I was, like, No. 5 on the list. But I’m telling you, I’ve been on the side of the road a while in that thing, and I said to them, 'Look, guys, why am I always stuck on the side of the f*#@ing road? Make it work, one way or another,'” Clooney said in the interview, without offering details about the car’s specific faults.

The actor sold his Tesla Roadster at an auction last year for $99,000 and donated the money for charity. Of course, since he owned one of the early models, it is only natural the car had some “childhood” problems.

As always when someone says something bad about Tesla Motors, CEO Elon Musk was quick to reply. The executive ironically tweeted “In other news, George Clooney reports that his iPhone 1 had a bug back in '07,” an allusion to inherent problems when a new product is launched on the market.

By Dan Mihalascu

Story References: Esquire via Leftlanenews


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