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Why Jay Leno’s Tesla Remarks Are so Crucial

You may know Jay Leno as the retired comedian who once caused laughter across America via “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, but did you also know that he owns one of the world’s largest private collections of classic motor vehicles?  Now the host of CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage”, he has spent the last four television seasons sharing his love of vehicles around the globe.  After the network interviewed Leno about the upcoming season of the show, viewers got to hear firsthand what Jay Leno thinks of Tesla. 

Jay Leno Praises Tesla

The proud owner of a Tesla Model S for the past three years, Leno makes no secret of his love of the company.  “I do own a Tesla,” he said during a past interview with CNBC. “I like them very much. I think it really is the future … I’m a big fan”. 

His excitement for the future of Tesla and electric cars is palpable.  Leno applauds the range of Tesla’s vehicles, their speed, and their reliability.  One benefit of electric cars is that there are fewer moving parts in an electric powertrain than in a gas-powered one, which means fewer things to potentially break down over time.  Regular maintenance is substantially simplified or almost non-existent. 

Leno also praises Tesla as an ‘All-American’ company.  “I like the fact Tesla is an American company, using American workers, using locally sourced materials,” he has said.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk is “…a guy building an American car in America using American labor and paying them a union wage — the whole bit.”

While he only owns the Model S, he has purportedly had his eye on other models as well.  In the past he has test-driven both a Model 3 and the Tesla Roadster prototype, going as far as to feature the latter in an episode of his television show in 2018. 

Comedian and Car Buff

There is no doubt that Jay Leno has a huge car collection.  At last count, the comedian owned 286 vehicles– 169 cars and 117 motorbikes.  Almost all of them are expensive (or even priceless) antiques, the likes of which include one of nine remaining 1963 Chrysler Turbine Cars, the fifth Duesenberg Model X still in existence, and a roadster that once belonged to Howard Hughes.

And he is not only a collector but a gearhead as well.  His television show exhibits his passion and knowledge of vehicles and the goings-on beneath the hood, making him a worthwhile expert on motorized vehicles on top of his celebrity status.  So it should go without saying that his perspective on Tesla and electric cars in general should be considered significant. 

Leno sees electric cars one day taking over the entire automobile industry, a natural evolution of humanity’s technological progress.  “Steam ran everything from 1800 to about 1911. Then internal combustion took over from 1911 to right about now. And I predict that a child born today probably has as much chance of driving in a gas car as people today have been driving a car with a stick shift,” he said during his recent interview with CNBC.  “They’ll still be around. It’s just not many of them.”

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