Elon Musk reportedly tried to sell Tesla to Apple a few years ago. Responding on Twitter to a post about Apple’s ambitions in the electric and autonomous vehicle, the famous Tesla CEO said: “During the darker days of the Model 3 program, I contacted Tim Cook to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla (for 1/10 of its current value). He declined the appointment.”
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 (@elonmusk) December 22, 2020
Tesla valued at $ 600 billion
Several rumors had already circulated on this subject, but without having been confirmed. This revelation is interesting given recent information on Apple’s plans. Elon Musk has reservations about the so-called “revolutionary” battery technology that could be embedded in future cars of the Apple brand. You should know that batteries are one of Tesla’s main strengths against the competition. If Apple could have taken over the manufacturer for a while, tomorrow the two companies could become competitors.
Tesla started its Model 3 program in 2014, and the electric sedan has been on the market since 2017. Today, the company’s market cap is around $ 600 billion, but it was in tough financial times there. still has a few years. Elon Musk also tried to sell Tesla to Google in 2013, and the deal was almost done before it finally fell through.