If you could mindlessly pay people to create excellence, then mediocrity wouldn't exist.
Is a car that bursts into flames and traps you inside an example of mediocrity or excellence?
If you want to do something about climate change, the solution is not for soi-dissant geniuses to work 21-hour days on "inventing" electric cars. One adequately-funded public transit system is worth a lot of electric cars.
He's also either lying about self-driving cars or high on his own supply.