“Tesla is the first serious threat to internal combustion engines since Henry Ford’s cars outperformed steam and electric vehicles a century ago.  In 1900, 40% of US cars were powered by steam, 38% by electricity and 22% by petrol.

Tesla’s creator, Elon Musk, is a former South African and international luminary, almost unknown in his native country.  He is one of many great South Africans driven away by crazy policies — apartheid military conscription in his case.  Pioneering the world’s leading internet payment system, PayPal, ensured his first fortune, which he lost in a subsequent venture”.

Read Leon Louw’s weekly column on BD Live , including Smart Tesla electric car poised to be disrupter first published on 8 July 2015.