Tesla CEO Elon Musk who has lately garnered huge attention after announcing his future plans for the EV giant was recently interviewed by the New York Time where he revealed about all the problems that the company faced in the past year. Responding to the interview, Indian automobile giant Mahindra Group's Chairman Anand Mahindra posted a supportive tweet in favour of billionaire engineer.
In his tweet, Mahindra lauded Musk stating that the world needs more 'inspirational innovators' like him.
In his latest interview with the New York Times, Musk opened up about the problems that were faced by Tesla and how it leeched into Musk's personal life. 'The worst is over' Musk said about Tesla.
In the interview, Musk stated that he had not seen his family in days and that he nearly missed his brother's wedding. All because Musk did not leave the manufacturing plant for three or four consecutive days.
Amid all this, several other reports that surfaced after his infamous 'taking Tesla private' tweet suggested Tesla employees admitting to Musk taking recreational drugs.
However, in the interview Musk took on the 'rumours' head-on and stated that none of them were true and that he was not 'high' when he posted the tweet.
"But I was not on weed, to be clear. Weed is not helpful for productivity. There's a reason for the word 'stoned.' You just sit there like a stone on weed." Musk told New York Times
It was also reported that the company was putting serious thought into hiring a second-in-command that would take the load off Musk and that it had approached Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg about the position a couple of years ago. However, when asked, Musk clearly declined the reports.
"If you have anyone who can do a better job, please let me know. They can have the job. Is there someone who can do the job better? They can have the reins right now," Musk told New York Times
Musk abruptly issued a tweet on August 7 about his future plans of taking Tesla Private. Following which, a few days later in a blog post, he had outlined the reason behind such a decision.
In the blog, Musk clarified that the Saudi Arabian Sovereign Wealth Fund had approached nearly two years ago. In the most recent meeting between the two, Musk stated that they had talked about providing them with complete assistance during the company's transition.