Elon Musk has stated he contacted Apple Inc’s Tim Prepare dinner “through the darkest days of the Mannequin 3 program” to debate the potential for Apple shopping for the Tesla electrical automobile firm for “1/tenth of our present worth … He [Cook] refused to take the assembly”.
Musk’s remark adopted experiences that Apple is engaged on producing an electrical automobile with superior battery expertise. In Twitter threads, Musk and others questioned the character the expertise, together with what was referred to in experiences as a “monocell” battery with lithium iron phosphate chemistry:
Unusual, if true.
– Tesla already makes use of iron-phosphate for medium vary automobiles made in our Shanghai manufacturing unit.
– A monocell is electrochemically inconceivable, as max voltage is ~100X too low. Possibly they meant cells bonded collectively, like our structural battery pack?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 22, 2020
The disclosure that Musk approached Apple isn’t a surprise. In 2013, looking for choices to save lots of the corporate amid issues with early gross sales, Musk struck a “handshake deal” for his good friend Larry Web page’s Google firm to purchase Tesla, in keeping with the 2015 biography Elon Musk.
Ashlee Vance writes within the guide that the deal was cancelled after an enormous gross sales drive paid off. Tesla had sealed sufficient Mannequin S orders to rescue its funds, partly by Musk turning employees from design, engineering, finance and different departments out of their places of work to clinch gross sales, telling them: “If we don’t ship these automobiles, we’re fucked.”
Apple’s automotive efforts, generally known as Challenge Titan, have proceeded inconsistently since 2014 when it first began to design its personal automobile from scratch. Experiences this week stated the automobile may ultimately be constructed by an out of doors manufacturing companion.