Elon Musk offered Boeing Tesla’s help with its troubled Boeing 787 battery packs. He wants Boeing try the packs Tesla uses in its SpaceX rockets and Tesla cars. Ever the hipster, Musk announced the unsolicited aid via Twitter:
“Desire to help Boeing is real & am corresponding w 787 chief engineer,” tweeted Musk. This revelation had been preceded by this short message:
Real car executives cringe over this. They have learned the hard way to avoid talking about burning cars or, God forbid, burning planes if they can help it. They also learned not to chum up with someone in trouble. The right thing to do is stay quiet until it is over, and to be happy that it isn’t you. Boeing wisely did not comment.
Already, Musk was found with his foot in the mouth. In an interview with Esquire last year, Musk said: “You know the joke about Boeing: It puts the zero in being.” Now Musk says the magazine made it up.