Elon Musk Unveils The Tesla Powerwall
Elon Musk gave a terrific keynote speech on Thursday night in California as he introduced Tesla’s new battery system and delivered a bit of motivational advice.
Most in attendance for the speech were delighted that the presentation was genuinely exciting and inspirational. Although it was a sales pitch for a tech product, it came off as honest, and not treated like the second coming of Christ. Musk’s speech was a breath of fresh air and change of pace from tech visionaries who pretend like every footprint they leave is going to radically change everything and make the world a better place to live in.
Musk’s speech was surprisingly short, clocking in at about 20 minutes, but not rushed. Musk also didn’t waste anybody’s time. He used that time to present a problem of critical importance (eliminating humanity’s use of fossil fuels), explained how it can be addressed, and offered a plausible solution in the form of a new product. The Tesla Powerwall battery is priced within reach of the average citizen and close to is available to order. Amazingly, all of those things are actually pretty rare to see in one presentation these days. Tesla’s presentation was inspiring, and Musk wasn’t selling a fancy sci-fi trinket, but rather something useful that will help to slow the harm we are doing to this wonderful planet of ours.
But aside from all the technical details in his speech, what seemed to be the most interesting and lasting effect on the audience was Musk’s humble demeanor. His ambitions often seem outlandish and sometimes ridiculous, but on Thursday night he seemed confident and focused. Most importantly, he spoke to the audience with a frank tone that didn’t feel manipulative or canned. There were no overdone gimmicks, just an honest conversation about how a new product might solve a major problem. The humility and ambition don’t just seem to be a show; Tesla has already opened some of its patents to competitors, and announced tonight that it would even open its “Gigafactory” plans to others.
Check the speech out for yourself below: