Tesla's Elon Musk Is Test Driving VW ID.3 with Herbert Diess

Today Volkswagen’s Chairman of the Board of Management Herbert Diess on his Linkedin shared Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s test drive of Volkswagen ID.3. Torque News reported last week that after leaving Giga Berlin on September 3, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stopped at Braunschweig airport at 9:45PM German time, met with VW Chairman Herbert Diess, and test-drove the ID.3. Let’s watch the video and talk about it.

Here is the full script of Elon Musk’s test-driving VW ID.3 with Herbert Diess.

Herbert Diess: You know, this is a mainstream car. Not a racing machine.
Elon Musk: Yeah, I just wanted to see what the acceleration is like.
Herbert Diess: Steering is nice.
Elon Musk: I think for a non-sport car it’s pretty good.
Elon Musk what’s the battery pack’s size?
Herbert Diess: It’s 55 to 83.
Elon Musk: OK.
And then we hear both laughing at a particular subject and Musk asking “what’s the worst that could happen?”
Elon Musk: does it have any lane following function or anything like that?
(Herbert Diess) Yea it has. We have the typical German state-of-the-art lane-keeping and emergency assist systems. The lane-keeping is working quite nicely.
Herbert Diess: you can just turn around here.
Elon Musk: I just turn around here.
Herbert Diess: Okay.

It’s great to see a friendly cooperative approach between Tesla and Volkswagen leaders. Some of you may be Tesla funs, while others here may be Volkswagen funs, yet, it’s great to see Elon Musk test-driving the ID.3 electric vehicle made by Volkswagen and Volkswagen sharing it. I like the friendliness between the two. It sets a good example for many other leaders in this competition-driven world.

I give respect to these two people in this regard. Your businesses might be competing against each other, but on a personal level, you seem to be friends. I am very pleased to see that Diess and Musk have a good relationship. Regarding ID.3, in my opinion, the iD3 does not need Model 3 acceleration if it is priced moderately.


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  1. LOL,….Smile in your face……and in the meanwhile stealing Tesla's tech, ideas and market…..
    In common language; …..(German) Backstabbers……

  2. Make a 10 min video of a 1,5 min video. Just show the vid instead of telling what they were telling.

  3. "We have the typical German state-of-the-art lane keeping and emergency assist systems."
    Elon was probably holding back tears of laughter!

  4. If it was not for Elon Musk the Germans would still gassing us with fossil-fuel burners. Elon is like an archangel of limpid hope for this planet.

  5. It is funny to hear a company telling Elon anything, especially when everyone made fun of Elon when he was strongly considering electric vehicles, and made the first real viable electric car. Elon is the leader in electric car making and should be listening too. I would say the same thing, but other way around, if the Elon was making gas cars. But it is not the case, Elon is the leader in this market!

  6. Your information is good the first time through then you keep repeating and repeating. We get it the first time. If you want longer videos, add content, not the same stuff over and over and over.

  7. I wonder if Tesla Berlin will manufacture parts for other car companies in Europe.

  8. Isn't the ADAS system used by VW using the Israeli developed Intel owned MobileEye technology? If so, then how is the ID3's state of the art ADAS supposed to be German taechnology?

  9. In my humble openion, if there any traditional car company that could rival Tesla in the EV market it would be VW. Why? Addition to their serious R&D efforts and the brilliant german engineering knowledge and talents they have; they have to work harder than the other manufacturers because of their darknot long agopast so they have to clean their image and scarred reputation. And I believe they know that being serious in the EV game is very crucial for the company future.

  10. You can't criticize Musk for his Privatejet.
    DO you know how much $$ 1 hour of his is worth?
    His time is so valuable when being the CEO of several big companies and there are no electric private jets available / no real alternative.

  11. 8:45
    Elon has to fly, there's no alternative, because he manages so many businesses at the same time and he has factories on three continents now. And even flying commercially would waste so much of his priceless time. His positive impact on climate change and pollution is far far greater than the negative his jet does, and the latter makes the former possible.
    Also he is saying for years now that he is desperately wanting to build an electric jet, but he just can't take on one more big project now. Rest assured, if anyone builds an electric jet, Elon will be the first customer.

  12. You have good content but the repetitive statements on same subject matter is rather annoying

  13. Tesla and VW will not be competitors in the EV market until sales of EVs reach like 25% of total market. Until then, they are more like expeditioners in a vast unknown continent. Cooperation is the right strategy for now.

  14. Telsa are good,but this is still a good time to invest on stock and Crypto 💯

  15. When it comes to business you don’t trust , even your own mother business is bussines I do t trust GERMANS EITHER

  16. Good move on VW’s part for not competing on the high end. It gives them a product distinct from Tesla. But their cost structure has to be high so they most likely have to sell them for a loss. . .

  17. Not sure about friendliness, I think that he is evaluating the competition.
    VW developed the MEB platform and Tesla realizes that soon the market will be full of MEB-based, affordable electric cars.

  18. Diess show Musk, it is to late for a Tesla mainstream car. This is a EV Volkswagen and the VW market, not a Tesla market.

  19. Anyone criticizing Elon for a private jet is dangerously simple and counterproductive. STUPID. Do you want to slow down the transformation to carbon free transportation just for appearances??