I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I'm really good at email.
You need to live in a dome initially, but over time you could terraform Mars to look like Earth and eventually walk around outside without anything on... So it's a fixer-upper of a planet.
Boeing just took $20 billion and 10 years to improve the efficiency of their planes by 10 percent. That's pretty lame. I have a design in mind for a vertical liftoff supersonic jet that would be a really big improvement.
I don't create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.
Tesla is here to stay and keep fighting for the electric car revolution.
I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens.
Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.
People should pursue what they're passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.
I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.
Tesla is becoming a real car company.
I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.
When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.
I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration.
I don't spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.
The path to the CEO's office should not be through the CFO's office, and it should not be through the marketing department. It needs to be through engineering and design.
In order to have your voice be heard in Washington, you have to make some little contribution.
Silicon Valley has evolved a critical mass of engineers and venture capitalists and all the support structure - the law firms, the real estate, all that - that are all actually geared toward being accepting of startups.
We polled Tesla owners, do you want autopilot disabled or not. Not one person wanted it disabled. That's pretty telling.
I was born in Africa. I came to California because it's really where new technologies can be brought to fruition, and I don't see a viable competitor.
Mars is the only place in the solar system where it's possible for life to become multi-planetarian.