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By Tina Bellon
(Reuters) – Elon Musk, Chief Executive of Tesla Inc (O :), said in a podcast interview released on Thursday that the company's planned roadster sports car would put the development of other vehicle models in the background.
Speaking to the stand-up comic Joe Rogan, the billionaire also doubled his criticism of the U.S. government's instructions to curb the spread of the corona virus.
Musk said the states' orders to block were "unconstitutional" and would not stand up to the US Supreme Court if challenged. Previously, he had made such comments on Tesla's first quarter earnings call on April 29, calling the restrictions "fascist."
The interview was Musk's second appearance on Rogan's podcast, which is videotaped and published online. Musk became notorious when he smoked a marijuana joint during the first interview with Rogan in September 2018.
When Rogan asked when to buy a roadster, Musk replied that he could not make an appointment, but said that other initiatives, including ramping up production of the Sport Utility Vehicle Model Y and building a vehicle factory in Berlin, were a priority.
"Roadster is like a dessert," said Musk. "We have to get the meat and the potatoes and the vegetables and the stuff."
Musk also said Tesla should produce the Cybertruck, a futuristic-looking light commercial vehicle, before working on the roadster.
Tesla announced the Roadster, a battery-powered four-seater, in late 2017, and said at the time that the car was faster than any street-legal production car. Musk has previously announced that Roadster sales will begin after a revised version of its Model S sedan is released, which is expected to be available in late 2020.
The two-hour interview focused only briefly on the virus pandemic and Tesla's business. Much of the discussion centered around artificial intelligence and another Musk company called Neuralink that develops implantable brain-machine interfaces.
Musk told Rogan that these devices could be implanted in humans within a year, but said he would only have a Neuralink implanted if it actually worked.
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