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Elon Musk – electric car industry’s answer to Henry Ford

Elon Musk inspired Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of comic-book billionaire industrialist Tony Stark in the “Iron Man” films. The role model for Musk, a billionaire industrialist for real, appears to be Henry Ford.
The Ford Motor founder’s mastery of mass-production made the Model T the first affordable car, revolutionising transportation. Musk, who named Tesla Motors’s sedan the Model S as a tip-of-the-cap to Henry’s car, sees himself similarly as an engineer, a tinkerer, a nitty-gritty entrepreneur.
“I don’t spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems,” said Mr Musk, 42, in a factory-floor interview.
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Tesla Model S.
“Have you seen my desk? It’s right there in the middle of the factory,” he said, pointing to a drab workspace beside the Model S line. “It doesn’t look like Tony Stark’s office.”
Decade-old Tesla is an automotive phenomenon, with an industry-leading share price surge that erupted on the heels of its first quarterly profit, a rave Model S review by Consumer Reports magazine and rushed repayment of the Energy Department loan that got the company’s factory into operation.
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