Richard Branson Hints at Consumer Electric Car Future

By Gary Cutlack on at

Lord Branson of Great Britain may soon expand his empire to include electric cars, possibly bringing some of the technical know-how acquired from running the Virgin Racing Formula E team to the congested roads of the world.

According to Bloomberg, Branson said: "We have teams of people working on electric cars. So you never know -- you may find Virgin competing with the Tesla in the car business as we do in the space business. We will see what happens."

Given that Tesla likes to give away all of its electric car patents for free for the betterment of e-manity, it wouldn't be particularly hard for Branson to get some Chinese automaker to bash out a clone, whack a Virgin badge on it and sell the thing as the Cute Little Virgin Electric Car.

But then again, he thought his disastrous undersea sub tourism venture might be popular, and has been making a right mess of getting his space planes working let alone shuttling millionaires into low orbit for a handful of minutes as promised, so is hardly "competing" with Musk's SpaceX launchers just yet.

Perhaps he ought to concentrate on more achievable earthly aspirations, like coming up with a proper alternative to single serving UHT milk to make the tea on his trains taste better. That would improve lives. Branson Milk. It could be his legacy. [Bloomberg via The Verge]