George Clooney, Elon Musk Trade Tesla Barbs

10:38 AM PST 11/13/2013 by Hilary Lewis
George Clooney

The mogul dismisses the actor's complaints about his car often leaving him "stuck on the side of the road."

George Clooney didn't have the best experience with his Tesla, he told Esquire, giving the electric-car company another bit of bad press in a year of highly publicized trouble.

“I had a Tesla. I was one of the first cats with a Tesla. I think I was, like, number five on the list," Clooney told Esquire when the writer asked why he was driving a Lexus instead of Hollywood's hot ride. "But I’m telling you, I’ve been on the side of the road a while in that thing. And I said to them, ‘Look, guys, why am I always stuck on the side of the f---ing road? Make it work, one way or another.’ "

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted the following response:

But other Tesla drivers have had problems lately -- including an unfortunate Model S owner whose car caught fire after it hit some debris near Seattle, an incident that was documented on a YouTube video that went viral.

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Musk also got into a heavily publicized dust-up with the New York Times after it published a story in which journalist John Broder documented a rough road trip from Washington, D.C., to Boston in which insufficient battery charges, lagging speeds and freezing conditions ultimately led to the Model S he was driving being towed.

Musk fired back, publishing the data the car's computer logged during the trip and insisting that Broder improperly drove and charged it.

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