On Tuesday, Elon Musk focused on Tesla, SpaceX and its affiliates – including the social media business he is trying to buy – in an extensive 80-minute interview on Tuesday covering EVI’s needs, raw material requirements and issues. Hydrogen and the most promising EV startup.

Although much of what Musk said at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car conference in London was shared earlier, there were a few items that stood out, including the possibility that Tesla might stop taking customer orders for its vehicles.

Tesla may stop taking orders

For Tesla, the problem is not demand, but supply. “Right now demand is surpassing production at a ridiculous level,” Musk said. “We’re probably going to be limited [or] stop taking orders for anything beyond a certain time.”

The automaker still aims to produce 20 million vehicles annually by 2030, a figure Musk says he chose because it represents 1% of the global fleet.

“But it’s not a promise,” he noted. “It simply came to our notice then. I think we have a good chance to get there. “

That compares to the 930,000 cars Tesla produced last year, a figure that was “fairly equally difficult” to reach 20 million.

Musk praised Volkswagen

Asked to name today’s most impressive EV startup operating today, Musk named Volkswagen, just a day after Herbert Dice, CEO of Volkswagen, said from the same conference stage that the Tesla German Jugarnot had proved to be stronger than expected.

“I think the company that is making the most progress, apart from Tesla, is actually VW, which is not a startup but can be seen in some ways as a startup from the perspective of an electric car,” Musk said.

He added that a number of powerful companies are coming from China, which accounts for more than a quarter of Tesla’s global sales and where Tesla plans to expand its Shanghai Gigafactory.

“China has a lot of talented, hardworking people who strongly believe in production. Not only will they burn oil at midnight, they will burn oil at 3 in the morning. They won’t even leave the factory-type thing where people in America are trying to avoid going to work. “

Tesla wants to be open source

Musk reiterated his permanent invitation to automakers to use Tesla patents to build its autopilot systems.

“We only patent things that prevent others from creating this patented minefield that hinders the advancement of electric vehicles,” he said. “But we’re not really going to judge anyone for using our patents. So let’s just say you can use any Tesla patent for free, so I hope it’s helpful for others. “

But Tesla needs a year to prove itself before automakers consider it, Musk said.

“Traditional car manufacturers will solve electrification. Building electric cars is not fundamentally difficult at the moment. I think they might be interested in licensing Tesla Autopilot completely self-driving, and I think it could save a lot of lives. “

Buying a mine is not out of the question

As EV makers face a shortage of raw materials to make lithium-ion batteries, Tesla is signing long-term agreements with mining companies around the world to secure its supply. But automakers are no more involved in world-wide business.

“It’s not that we want to buy mining companies, but if that’s the only way to speed up the transition, we’ll do it,” Musk said. “There are no arbitrary restrictions on what is needed to accelerate. We will deal with whatever is needed to accelerate sustainable energy, and we can do it if we think we can do mining and refining or buying a mining company. ”

But scooters are out of the question

When asked if Tesla plans to build a car smaller and more affordable than the Model 3, such as a scooter, Musk spoke out against the micromobility device.

“Scooters are very dangerous,” he said. “I do not advise anyone to ride a scooter. If there is ever an argument between a scooter and a car, it will be lost. “