Pioneering was toyota which can make well over 1 million Priuses a year. Popular in Japan, US and worldwide, the car is reliable, has good safety record.
Elon is a showman who is making a prototype a product. I know someone who has a Tesla roadster, rich guy, that was built with borrowed public money. Anyway, he went on vacation for a month and the car was not plugged in. Bricked the battery, $40k to replace, no warranty. Tesla treated him like garbage and they never fixed the battery.
Elon is great at leveraging other's people money and ricking OPM to do a prototype. The sales numbers of the Tesla S relative to Toyota is pathetic. And if Toyota felt that they could offer a 100% electric product, they would, if it could possibly be done reliably. I've been to Japan many times and its a matter of national pride to save energy, they are motivated now all the nuclear plants are off to save money and in time they will offer an all electric offering when the technology can be warranted reliably for 8 / 125,000 miles. I have had many toyotas, a friend had one go for 400,000 miles.
Elon is a circus man. There is a man in a lab right now quietly working on the cure for cancer, but Elon has to run around talking about himself and feeding his ego. And his car is a prototype. No doubt over the next few years we will see how his prototype will continue to disappoint the ultra wealthy one-percenters that can afford his radically overpriced 4 door sedan.
Also, having ridden and driven in the Tesla roadster, the paneling was pathetic, the door didnt fit well (seemed the hinges were weak), the trunk lid was hard to close and the car was uncomfortable (not in terms of being small, just garbage ergonomics).
So this whole Elon worship thing is done mostly by people who dont even own or have driven his stupid products. The sales numbers are dismal. 5000 cars a quarter. Unauthorized firmware updates. Bricking batteries without warranty if left uncharged. Lies about the range. No backup motor. Time to charge absurd, so on long trips layovers need to be planned - its worse than trains and riding a bus, and those are BAD.
People think this is a Tucker? Ha! More like snake oil.
This concept will be validated when a car company with actual 50+ years of building experience decides to productize this technology. until then this is just marketing and propaganda done with other people's money.
5000 cars a quarter. Laugh.