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At one point, Elon Musk offered to sell Tesla to Apple. That’s what Elon said in a tweet reply about Reuters article on Apple’s electric vehicle project. At the time, there were already rumors floating around the internet regarding the sale of Tesla to Apple.
Elon Musk Was Thinking About Selling Tesla
During the darkest days of the Model 3 program, I reached out to Tim Cook to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla (for 1/10 of our current value). He refused to take the meeting.Elon Musk – The Real-Life Tony Stark
Not only was Cook and Co. not interested in the proposal, but Elon Musk was completely blown off.
Elon Musk is a True Visionary Like Richard Branson While People Like Jeff Bezos and Tim Cook Were Just in The Right Place at The Right Time
Apple still reputedly planning to build an iCar.— Brett Winton (@wintonARK) December 21, 2020
The apparent secret sauce:
They watched the livestream of Tesla’s battery day;
They also took notes;
Then those notes were exclusively leaked to Reuters.
So they could hire, hoping to begin production by
Also, Elon cast doubt on Apple’s battery ambitions. The Reuters article said that Apple is developing a ‘breakthrough’ battery that uses a ‘monocell’ design. Reuters’ sources claimed that Apple’s battery is going to give the company’s vehicle far greater range compared to other electric vehicles.
Elon said the news is ‘Strange, if true’ as a monocell design is ‘electrochemically impossible’ because such a setup would net a battery that wouldn’t be able to produce a voltage high enough to be able to be used.
I predict that this event will be remembered similarly to Blockbuster snubbing Netflix. Yea. I said it.