Elon Musk admits he's had a 'difficult and painful' year
Musk opens up in raw New York Times interview about taking Tesla private and poor physical health after "excruciating" year.
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In the wake of these issues Musk, CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and founder of The Boring Company, reflected on his "excruciating" year, calling it the "most difficult and painful" of his entire career. The Times reports that he was clearly emotional throughout the hour-long interview, alternating between moments of laughter and tears.
Tesla's Model 3, the most affordable variant of its electric fleet, has consistently run into production issues, with the major road block being scaling production high enough to get cars out the door. In the interview, Musk discusses how those woes have taken their toll on him -- physically and mentally -- and how he has turned to the sedative Ambien to help him sleep.