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Amidst all that’s going on with the Volkswagen Group’s on-going involvement in the Dieselgate scandal, Tesla Motors’s chief has come out swinging, with harsh words for cars and technologies driven by fossil fuels.

“What Volkswagen is really showing is that we’ve reached the limit of what’s possible with diesel and gasoline. The time has come to move on to a new generation of technology,” said Musk to reporters in Belgium, where he was quizzed on whether or not the on-going emissions scandal would cause any loss of faith in green vehicles by consumers.

Clearly, Musk is a man with a plan, one that involves nothing other than pure electric power. As his company works on deliveries for his latest model, the Tesla Model X, we already know the brand to be particularly famous for its pure electric machines that push up to 691 hp and complete century sprints in just 3.2 seconds – we’re sure you’ve heard of the electrifying Model S P85D.

Musk’s comments couldn’t have been timed better for effect, as the Volkswagen Group continues to cope with the on-going diesel scandal that has seen up to 11 million of its cars being caught out for having their NOx emissions tweaked. The subterfuge was achieved with a device now known popularly as a “defeat device,” in an attempt to achieve ‘targeted’ results during emissions testing.

For this, the Volkswagen Group faces fines up to US$18 billion (RM79 billion), and a massive recall of up to 482,000 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles. Amidst the mayhem, Volkswagen Group’s CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned, with his position taken over by Porsche boss Mathias Mueller.

Audi has been the most recent brand under the Volkswagen Group to announce its number of vehicles affected by the scandal, with recent reports confirming the involvement of a total of 2.1 million units of diesel vehicles worldwide.

The Tesla Model X, on the other hand, will soon be on its way to customers, as reported earlier. Prices for the full-electric seven-seat crossover model is expected to range from USD$76,200 to USD$132,000. Clearly, Musk’s ideas for a “new generation of technology” lies with electric energy.