Arnold Schwarzenegger and Elon Musk seem to be best friends – or at least we thought since the two are spotted hanging out in a lot of press photos. Schwarzenegger, a big supporter of fuel-efficient vehicles, has frequently flaunted Tesla Motors as being a leader of California’s environmentally-friendly industry. We thought the Governor would make a special-appearance at the Tesla Model S Sedan launch – but he was nowhere in sight. Apparently, there is a good reason for that.
Two sources close to Tesla say that Schwarzenegger has been talking to the electric-car company since last fall about returning his Roadster; however, given Tesla financial troubles, executives have been asking him to hold off fearing that bad publicity will hurt the company’s current situation.
Why does Schwarzenegger want to return his Tesla Roadster? Apparently its not that there is something wrong with the technical side of the Roadster; it’s because of the size of the Lotus Elise based electric-car. We’re guessing the Governor would much rather drive around in his Dodge Challenger SRT8 and tip his hat to Detroit’s Big 3 who are in need of emotional support.
– By: The Daily Auto Editor