There was a low-level hum – a buzz if you will – around Mercedes-Benz and Tesla (TSLA) potential future partnership.
Of course, if a partnership ever emerges a big question mark. And if light is revealed, the scope of this partnership will be even greater.
Last month, Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler (DDAIF) gave the pot a gentle excitement when Dieter Zetsche's CEO said he was not opposed to working with Tesla in the future, Daimler sold its stake in Tesla in 2014, and Zetsche says it Does not regret the sale of the job, he noted that he "does not rule out cooperation in the future" when it comes to the Paris exhibition.
Tesla CEO Eilon Musk added a few more minutes to Twitter a few weeks later, after someone asked about the need for an electric car "as hard as nails" He replied, "It may be interesting to work with Daimler / Mercedes on an electric sprinter, this is a big van.
In a follow-up tweet, Musk He explained Because one of two things would have to happen that would be an electric Tesla van. Or a partnership with Mercedes where Tesla provides the battery, powertrain and "tech computing" while Mercedes produces the rest of the car, or Tesla goes on it alone and produces the vehicle later.
In the latter case, Tesla has "a lot on our plate," said Musk, explaining that the current priority list goes as follows: Model Y, Roof Roof, Tesla Pickup (which is most excited), Tesla Semi and Roadster.
Of course, no one is forming a partnership or share capital with Mercedes-Benz or Daimler. But the fact that the leaders of the two companies have openly expressed their willingness to work together within a few weeks from each other shows some potential for the future.
It is likely that Tesla's situation continues to improve, both operationally and financially. As the company continues to improve vehicle production – both in quantity and quality – and as the economic situation improves, car manufacturers are more likely to show willingness to work with it. Why? Because no one wants a partner with a company that can go bankrupt at the moment of notice.
So as these situations improve, companies like Mercedes are more likely to consider working with Tesla.
Other factors include Tesla's electric car and its network of cameras. As it stands now, German luxury car manufacturers are starting to get serious about hybrid electric alternatives. Porsche and Audi, two Volkswagen brands (VLKAY), along with BMW (BMWYY) and Mercedes Benz have some electric vehicle offerings coming to market in the coming years.
Unnamed: But, Chief? With years to catch up with the model S, X and 3 and better R & D budget Tesla, why do so many of these electric vehicles fail to meet Tesla's performance specifications?
Do not get me wrong, some of these vehicles are really nice to pack when it comes to performance. It just seemed that a big argument from the bears was Porsche, Mercedes and the like was wiping the floor with Tesla. It did not look like this – not by a long shot.
Moreover, where are these vehicles going to charge? Musk has shown willingness to work with other electric vehicle manufacturers so that others can use Tesla's Supercharging network. But without it, where is the Tycoan Porsche going to argue about the road trip? How will Mercedes-Benz EQC drive around the country? These are serious questions to show that Tesla may have more leverage partners than visitors to give him credit.
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