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Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post

Apple does not need Tesla's battery IP. It's got equivalent IP.

What do you think they met up about?
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Tesla is hosed due to the Big 3 Oil Conglomerates who patented and shelved all Lithium-Ion large scale battery designs. It's the reason Tesla has so many goddamn small batteries in their car.

The capacity is fine though. With faster charging and more charging stations, the batteries won't be an issue.
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Teslas announcing it's 55% increase in total sales is saying they've sold a little over 30k S models. Big deal.

Yeah, the units shipped are really low but that's to be expected with low capital to grow.
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By next year, Tesla, will be stomped by Audi, BMW, Porsche and Ferrari, never mind Mercedes and the rest.

Maybe:



but will they invest in an infrastructure for charging with such a low potential audience? Although Tesla has a low audience now, it's aimed at the mass market.
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Musk is looking to dump his company.

He's using web leaks to raise it's position.

That looked like the case years ago. Both his companies were in trouble and days from bankruptcy but that changed:

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/elon-musk-tesla-almost-gave-nervous-breakdown-182711842.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-first-job-after-college-2013-12

Interesting how he tried to get a job at Netscape early on but was too nervous and ended up starting out on his own.

What I wonder is what would be the downside for Apple doing this? If it operates on its own and just needs cashflow to expand and if they expect it to be profitable in the future, why not be a part of it? If it starts to go wrong, they do the same thing Elon would and shut it down.
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I wonder if such a merger would bring Elon Musk on board with Apple, as a director, board member, major stockholder, and/or whatever. That would make Musk a candidate to become CEO for when Cook is ready to retire. Musk would be the most Steve Jobs-like candidate for CEO that I could think of...
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BMW i3: http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/content/vehicles/2014/bmwi/default.aspx#intro

Mercedes B-Class: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-B_Class_Electric_Drive

Mercedes Fuel Cell B-Class: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/benz/green/electric_car

...etc...

 

But having said that, I, personally, am not into a short range vehicle. Where does the electricity come from anyway?

 

You didn't read your own link?

 

Mercedes Fuel Cell B-Class: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/benz/green/electric_car

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post #44 of 45
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Isn't that obviously huge? We are talking about a guy that has 100x the importance of someone like Steve Jobs. And he just confirmed the meetings.

That's huge.

Elon Musk going to a meeting where nothing was accomplished? Nope.

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

John C. Dvorak, 2007
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"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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post #45 of 45
I'll make a guess it probably had to do with today's Tesla announcement of it's Gigafactory plans. Tesla is putting in $2B with other partners chipping in another $2-3B.
http://www.mercurynews.com/60-second-business-break/ci_25233764/biz-break-tesla-says-gigafactory-will-produce-batteries?source=nav
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