This is the man we are trusting with the future of electric cars?

Cock tax is evil and men are stupid.

But none are more stupid than Elon Musk who has divorced his wife for the second time.

When the South African billionaire Elon Musk split up with his wife Talulah Riley for the first time, he told the whole world.

“It was an amazing four years. I will love you forever,” the entrepreneur tweeted to the British actress in January 2012. “You will make someone very happy one day.”

Eighteen months later, that happy person appeared to be him as the couple tied the knot again in July 2013.

Yet the rekindled romance did not last. On Wednesday – the day many people make vows for the coming year – the couple officially split up for the second time. Mr Musk filed for divorce in a Los Angeles court on New Year’s Eve.

The couple said they were splitting amicably and that Mr Musk agreed to give Riley $16 million in cash and other assets as part of a financial settlement, according to a joint statement. The divorce papers said property would be split based on a prenuptial agreement.

The couple first wed in 2010. They had no children together, but Mr Musk has five sons from a previous marriage.   

Mr Musk and Ms Riley, who has featured in such films as Pride and Prejudice and St Trinians, were together for a year after they remarried. However they have lived apart the past five months while Ms Riley wrote and directed her first feature film, “Scottish Mussel” in the UK.

The two said they remain friends. This time round, Mr Musk has not tweeted news of the divorce.

Before his marriage to Ms Riley, Mr Munk was married to Canadian novelist Justine Musk for eight years. She later described herself as his “starter wife”.

After their split, her blog became an internet sensation with millions around the world logging on for regular updates.

In a later magazine interview she said: “As we danced at our wedding reception, Elon told me, “I am the alpha in this relationship.” I shrugged it off, just as I would later shrug off signing the postnuptial agreement, but as time went on, I learned that he was serious.”

Mr Musk responded by denying on his website that he had “run off” with Ms Riley.

He said: “It is worth mentioning that Talulah, as anyone who knows her would attest, is one of the most kind hearted and gentle people in the world. The cliché that has been propagated, of me abandoning a devoted wife to “run off” with a young actress, could not have been more falsely applied.”

This is the man we are trusting with the future of electric cars?


– The Telegraph


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  • Don W

    If it didn’t work the first time , why should they think it would work a second time.

    • George Costanza

      Ask the labour party

  • Rick H

    What next?
    Third time Lucky?

  • The Accountant

    The triumph of enthusiasm over experience.

  • oldmanNZ

    The only reason i can think of why they get married is that the woman loves to have a big party where she is the centre of attention, and then the divorce settlement.

    Its rarely about love with rich and famous.

  • 1951

    Liz & Richard lead the way. Seen it all before. Some peoples lives are far more exciting than ours ;)

  • Rick H

    Over 400 bhp and over 200 miles per charge – awesome.
    That is seriously quick and the best distance for any electric-only vehicle.

    Why not make the motor with only 150 bhp – still quick – but surely the range would extend to at least 400 miles per charge.
    If’t was thus, their sales would be impossible to keep up with.

    Imagine a car that could cruise at the 100k limit, and drive for 1000k between charge-ups?
    Sounds like Tesla could do that with the tech they already have, but without the aim of top speed.

    That is what would cause the change of direction for “alternatively powered vehicles for the masses”.

    • sheppy

      Not only that but a seismic change in the world of politics when oil is no longer needed from unstable parts of the planet. I don’t believe in global warming but the sooner the west don’t need the Middle East’s favourite export the better!

      • JustAnotherLurker

        There are many thousands of products derived from oil, not just fuel for cars. We will never be free from our dependence on the black gold.

      • TreeCrusher

        You’ll find the “west” is reducing its need for Middle Eastern oil now due to shale fracking and oil sands in North america. It is the reason our petrol prices are currently so low as OPEC is trying to lower prices to make these technologies unsustainable. Bit of a double edged sword IMO as I like the lower prices but ultimatley the end game of OPEC is to firm up their monopoly so they can jack the prices again.

    • Michael_l_c

      Electric cars at the right price would be attractive, but the govts would have to replace the tax lost on fuel with, what? Road user charges on all vehicles?
      Where will all the electricity come from? Where will all the chemicals for the batteries come from. How much will the price of the chemicals used in batteries increase. Maybe hydrogen cell are the answer but still need electricity to create the hydrogen.

    • Simon Brown

      Try their new model with two electric motors – 4WD, 690bhp and 680lbft. Low 3 secs to 100kph. This will just drive interest in the concept. They will be producing a smaller more efficient car in the near future.
      BMW have said that they don’t expect to be making any more ICE’s in another 10 years.