Tesla Motors is currently struggling with its third vehicle fire in two months, but the up-start electric automaker is now facing a new challenge – the wrath of Hollywood actor George Clooney.
Clooney was an early Tesla adopter, but it doesn’t sound as if the star of “Gravity” will be buying a new Model S any time soon. However, it’s not the recent rash of vehicle fires that is scaring of Clooney, but rather the unreliability of his old Roadster.
“I had a Tesla,” Clooney told Esquire 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 f*#@ing road? Make it work, one way or another.’”
Clooney didn’t elaborate on the cause of his Roadster woes.
Clooney auctioned off his Roadster last year, generating an estimated $99,000 for charity. Tesla has since discontinued the Roadster and now only sells the Model S.
Although certainly not as pressing as the recent Model S fires, it is interesting to hear a Hollywood A-lister (a crowd that now favors the electric automaker over marques like Mercedes and BMW) speak illy of Tesla. The Roadster – which was Tesla’s first product – wasn’t without its faults, though, as several customers complained of the electric sports car “bricking” if the batteries weren’t properly charged.