Comparing the Tesla Model S to other
cars is like comparing an iPhone to a desk phone. It is a technological
marvel that scorches the pavement -- zero to 60 in four seconds. Tesla
is another revolutionary idea from the mind of Elon Musk -- a
42-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur who built an industrial empire
from the stuff of little boy dreams: fast cars and rocket ships. Musk is
an idealist who told us he had to start his companies so that man could
colonize Mars and save the Earth. His sister says it's like her brother
traveled into the future and came back to tell us all about it. So what
is the future like?
Apparently it's fast and smoke-free. The Tesla Model S is powered by
7,000 battery cells linked to an electric motor. No engine, no
transmission, no tailpipe. As this company video shows, the dash is
dominated by a computer that's constantly connected to the Internet. It
has a fanatical following. There's a waiting list that Elon Musk is
trying to shorten building 600 Model S's a week in this high-tech plant
in Northern California.
Scott Pelley: I have heard a lot of people describe you.
Elon Musk: Okay, good, I mean, hopefully-- on-- on balance, hopefully, mostly good.
Scott Pelley: How do you describe yourself?
Musk: I usually describe myself as an engineer that's basically what
I've been doing since I was a kid. I'm interested in things that change
the world or that affect the future and wondrous, new technology where
you see it and you're like, "Wow, how did that even happen? How is that