Elon Musk started an online storm by dancing on stage at the launch of Tesla’s Model Y electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) program on Tuesday in its new Shanghai manufacturing unit, where the corporate delivered its first automobiles built outside the U.S. to the general public.
The $2 billion Tesla factory began delivering electric vehicles in just 357 days, a record for global auto companies in China. The first 10 customers from the public acquired their China-made Model 3 sedans on Tuesday.
Billionaire CEO Musk danced on stage at the occasion, then removed his jacket and threw it aside to show a T-shirt with a cartoon of the manufacturing facility. In a tweet, he labeled the video “NSFW” – not secure for work.
He predicted that “in the end, Tesla Model Y may have more demand than most likely all the other vehicles of Tesla mixed”, with his voice cracking with emotion at times while speaking in regards to the progress of the Shanghai manufacturing unit.
Musk’s tweet of him dancing was viewed 2.5 million times and drew unflattering comparisons to famous Silicon Valley footage of Microsoft chiefs Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer dancing awkwardly at a Nineties Windows launch.
Ceremony attendees were Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong and other senior government officials.
Tesla executives, however, didn’t present further details on the progress of the China-made Model Y venture.
Tesla’s shares, which have jumped about 10% since the beginning of this year, are buying and selling close to their document high after the company beat Wall Street projections for vehicle deliveries in its fourth quarter.