George Clooney not happy with Tesla Roadster he used to own

Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:08am EST

Actor George Clooney attends the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, California November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Actor George Clooney attends the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, California November 9, 2013.

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DETROIT (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc got more bad news this week following the third fire in its Model S electric sedan as actor George Clooney complained about being stuck on the side of the road in the Roadster sports car he used to own.

Clooney, currently starring in the movie "Gravity", was asked by Esquire magazine in an interview that was posted online on Monday whether he owned a Tesla car.

"I had a Tesla," Clooney told the magazine. "I was one of the first cats with a Tesla. I think I was, like, No. 5 on the list. 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 fucking road? Make it work, one way or another.' "

Tesla discontinued the Roadster and currently only sells the Model S sedan. Clooney last year auctioned off his Roadster for charity for $99,000, according to media reports.

Last week, Tesla reported the third fire in the car in Tennessee. Police reports said the vehicle had run over a tow hitch that punctured the armor plating that protects the battery pack of lithium-ion cells. Despite no injuries in any of the accidents, the headlines about the fires have been unwelcome news for a company whose stock had risen sixfold in the first nine months of the year before the first fire occurred on October 1.

Officials with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said they were communicating with Tesla and Tennessee authorities and were gathering information about the incident to determine if additional action was necessary.

The owner of the car, Dr. Juris Shibayama, said in a blog posted by Tesla over the weekend that the car warned him to pull over after he hit a trailer hitch in the road. After he got out of the car, it caught fire but the flames did not reach the passenger cabin, Shibayama said, adding he would buy another Model S "in a heartbeat."

After the first fire, Tesla founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk defended the safety of electric cars, saying in a blog post that there was "absolutely zero doubt that it is safer to power a car with a battery" than a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.

(Reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)

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Comments (6)
tms022 wrote:
Who cares, it just Looney Clooney!

Yesterday, with all his scientific data to support his conclusions said that the Tsunami was a result of global warming.

He reminds me of a movie that I was saw, where the Chief medicine man pointed at a solar eclipse, and then said “See, God is angry! We must sacrifice 10 Virgins!”

I think his heart is in the right place, that we need to take care of our planet, but there are better ways to compel people to action. Take a look at the 70′s commercial with the Native American and pollution.

There are too many facts that conflict with the “Scientific Community” (aka.. money grabbers). You want to change people, appeal to their emotions.

Nov 12, 2013 11:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
With this happening to Clooney, rather funny. People are not impressed by him. Rather, turned off.

Nov 12, 2013 11:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
Fahey wrote:
I’d rather have dinner with Elon Musk than this jackass any day.

Nov 13, 2013 7:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
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