Auto Journalist Dan Neil Loses Tesla Model S Bet, Writes $1,000 Check to Charity

Auto Journalist Dan Neil Loses Tesla Model S Bet, Writes $1,000 Check to Charity
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Last year, Wall Street Journal auto journalist Dan Neil placed a friendly wager with Tesla CEO Elon Musk that the Model S would not be ready this year. Considering deliveries of the Tesla Model S were streamed live recently, it’s safe to say Neil lost the bet.

When Musk originally proposed the Model S, Neil was highly skeptical that the automaker could deliver on the list of promises before the end of 2012. The friendly wager was made, where if Tesla couldn’t deliver the Model S as planned, Musk would make a $1,000,000 donation to Doctors Without Borders. Neil on the other hand, would have to fork over just $1,000 – auto journalists don’t make what successful entrepreneurs do.

A man of his word, Neil just announced in his latest column that he has written a check for $1,000 to Doctors Without Borders on behalf of Tesla this week.

He’s in good spirits though, considering Dan Neil is a huge fan of electric mobility and was pleased to see that Tesla was able to push forward and get the Model S to market as promised. In his own words, it was “nothing short of astonishing.”

Showing he’s also a good sport, Musk announced last night on Twitter that he will donate his $1 million as though he’d lost.

[Source: Wall Street Journal]