Elon Musk: Tesla In Talks With BMW – Batteries, Carbon Fiber & Charging Stations
In an interview with Der Spiegel, Tesla Motors CEO made a pair of statements that will surely cause a stir in the automotive world.
First, Musk stated that Tesla will construct a battery factory in Germany, he’s just not sure when it’ll happen:
“I assume that Tesla will build, in the long run, a battery factory in Germany.”
Sure, when BEVs dominate the sales charts at some point in the far-off future, Tesla will likely have battery factories all around the globe. So, not much in that statement.
However, the second statement made by Musk is interesting:
“This could be interesting for our body builders.”
A reference to the carbon fiber in use in both the BMW i3 and BMW i8. According to Musk, Tesla has been in talks with BMW for quite awhile now in regards to battery technology and charging stations. “We are talking about whether we can collaborate in battery technology or charging stations.” Nothing was revealed on those fronts yet, but Tesla’s interest in BMW’s cheap carbon fiber is interesting, even Musk says so as “interesting” and “relatively cost efficient” are the words he used to describe BMW’s carbon fiber.
A spokeswoman for Tesla Germany tried to dim the spotlight on the Tesla-BMW situation:
“The conversation between Elon Musk and BMW has been a casual conversation, and not about a formal cooperation.”
Source: Spiegel Online