Tesla boss Elon Musk said in an interview with Recode that was released on Friday. Some Tesla employees wanted the automaker to make an electric scooter, but he declined their request.
"There were some people in the studio who wanted to do a scooter, but I thought," Uh, no, "Musk said.
"There is a lack of dignity," he added.
Musk then suggested that electric scooters make the driver look bad during the following exchange with Recode Editor-in-Chief Kara Swisher:
Swisher: No, dignity is not lacking.
Musk: Yes, they do.
Swisher: You do not lack dignity, what are you talking about?
Musk: Did you try to drive one of these things? You –
Swisher: Yes, I do it all the time, I look awesome.
Musk: You do not do it, you work under an illusion.
Swisher: I really do that. Well, I think I look good and therefore –
Musk: That's an illusion.
Electric scooters have experienced both a leap in popularity and a significant setback in the past year. Scooter companies like Bird and Lime have quickly reached over $ 1 billion, but the scooters themselves have called for criticism of the confusing sidewalks in the cities where they are registered.
Read the full interview with Recode here.
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