Elon Musk claimed that he once attempted to meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook about the possibility of the tech giant acquiring Tesla, but Cook “declined to attend the meeting.”
Tesla boss Musk tweeted the comment on Tuesday, December 22 – the same day that a Reuters report claimed Apple was renewing its efforts to have an electric vehicle on the market by 2024.
The Tesla boss wrote: “During the darker 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 participate in the meeting.
Looking at Tesla’s 17-year history, it seems likely that Musk approached Cook in 2017 as the company struggled with production of the Model 3 in the early days of the electric vehicle.
Musk’s comments came after Reuters said in its report that the tech company was working on a “breakthrough” battery design, with Tesla CEO in another tweet questioning the proposed design, details of which were provided. by the source of the media.
The battery would use a “single-cell” design which would give Apple’s vehicle greater range over other electric cars, and could also use lithium iron phosphate chemistry which would make it less likely to overheat compared to other types of battery. lithium-ion batteries.
“Strange, if that’s true,” Musk tweeted in response to the battery design reported by Apple, adding, “Tesla already uses iron phosphate for mid-range cars manufactured at our Shanghai plant. A single cell is electrochemically impossible, because the maximum voltage is ~ 100X too low. Maybe they were talking about linked cells, like our structural battery?
During the darker 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 participate in the meeting.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 22, 2020
Apple’s work on an electric car has been in and out of the news for about six years. True to form, the company has revealed little about any plans it may have for a so-called “Apple car,” although various leaks over the years indicate that the company has certainly explored space. This week’s report suggests the Cupertino, Calif., Company even has a date in mind for the vehicle’s release.