A future where the electric car is ubiquitous cannot be built by one company alone, regardless of the hype around Tesla and its progress in consumer automotive space. That’s why it’s exciting to hear from Elon Musk himself about talks between BMW and Tesla, even if they’re only informal, around potential collaboration on battery and charger technology.
“We are talking about whether we can collaborate in battery technology or charging stations,” Musk said in the interview, according to Reuters. However, a Tesla spokesperson has tempered things by saying no formal agreements are in place at the moment.
In the same interview, Musk reportedly praised BMW’s use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic in its i sub-brand offerings, and said he would like to have a battery factory in Germany in the next five or six years.
Musk also commented on the company’s partnership with Mercedes, and said a working collaboration will continue despite Mercedes’ recent sell-off of its Tesla stake. He also expressed confusion at Toyota’s recent decision to pursue fuel cell vehicle technology, noting that a fuel cell-powered car consumers three times as much energy overall when compared to an equivalent, battery-powered vehicle.