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Tesla + tequila: What Elon Musk wants to call Tesla’s new brand

Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk

New York: What started as an April Fools’ Day joke that left a poor taste in Tesla Inc. investors’ mouths may soon become a reality.

The electric car maker submitted a trademark application on 8th October for Teslaquila, describing the planned product as a distilled agave liquor. It was filed as “based on intent to use,” which means Tesla doesn’t have the product ready just yet. The company needs to actually be making a product to obtain the trademark.

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk tweeted on Friday that the brand would be coming soon. Musk also posted a mock-up of roughly what the tequila bottle will look like.

The phrase originated as an April Fools’ prank in which Musk tweeted that Tesla was going bankrupt. He posted jokingly that he had been “found passed out against a Tesla Model 3, surrounded by ‘Teslaquila’ bottles.”

Elon was found passed out against a Tesla Model 3, surrounded by ‘Teslaquilla’ bottles, the tracks of dried tears still visible on his cheeks. This is not a forward-looking statement, because, obviously, what’s the point?

Tesla Goes Bankrupt
Palo Alto, California, April 1, 2018 — Despite intense efforts to raise money, including a last-ditch mass sale of Easter Eggs, we are sad to report that Tesla has gone completely and totally bankrupt. So bankrupt, you can’t believe it.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

April 1, 2018

Tesla shares plunged the following trading day and closed down 5.1% on April 2. The stock has sold off more recently in no small part thanks to Musk’s tweets in August about taking the company private. He abandoned that effort in a matter of weeks and has agreed to settle a securities fraud lawsuit brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Also read: Elon Musk says changing his way of working is not an option

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

First Published: Sat, Oct 13 2018. 12 40 PM IST

Source: Livemint