NB, I do not know what your problem is with Tesla. You may very well be right about the company's demise but I have no idea how you can run your fingers like you do about the quality of effort and lack of meaningful accomplishment. It just does not line up with the facts.
These discussions are largely for fun. Although it is wrong to misrepresent facts, I think it is perfectly okay to exaggerate one's sentiments for the sake of the argument.
To answer your question:
I appreciate (and admitted above) that Elon Musk is good, maybe even really good, at some things. The reasons that I nonetheless dislike him include:
- He makes a huge effort to publicise himself. I find that an offensive practice. Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams and Willie Mays earned the right to brag about themselves. Elon Musk - I don't think so!
- He lacks integrity. He was totally out of order in making the false statements that got him in big trouble with the SEC, and only a few months after they censured him he broke the rules again. Unacceptable.
- Musk has said that one of his goals is for all cars to be electric, and all ICEs to be put out of commission. I don't mind if everybody else happily drives a BEV, but I don't want the state dictating that I must give up mine.
- He made the cardinal sin of crashing a McLaren F1 out of sheer incompetence. In doing so he endangered innocent bystanders, and yet he thought the whole thing was funny.
- In this week's Autocar
there is a quote from Audi's head of design, Marc Lichte: "In 10 or 15 years, everyone will say, 'Remember when everyone put an iPad in their car?' I don't want to do this." I find the domination of Tesla interiors by big touchscreens to be unsafe, impractical, and deeply unattractive.
- My first point was the most germane one. I just cannot stand egomaniacs, self-promoters and bullshit artists, and Elon Musk falls into those dubious categories.
The more a man promotes himself, the more he invites criticism and the more entitled observers are to criticise him. I'd probably be much more sympathetic towards Tesla if Musk would give up his role as its front-man and just go off and play with rockets.