Tesla Inc can be interested in joining hands with Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz on an electric edition of its Sprinter van. This was claimed by Elon Musk (Chief Executive Officer at Tesla) in a post this week. “Might be interested to work on an electric Sprinter with Mercedes or Daimler. That is a great vehicle. We will find out,” Musk answered here to a comment by a user on Twitter asking about an electric vehicle.
The newest generation of Sprinter made an entry in February 2018 and Mercedes-Benz aims here to provide electric editions from 2019. Tesla did not instantly answer to a question. Daimler refused to answer whether it was open to partnership with Tesla, but a spokesperson claimed it was happy by Musk’s curiosity in the van.
Dieter Zetsche (outgoing Daimler CEO) was reported as informing a Polish newspaper previous month that he did not oppose cooperating in future with Tesla, although the German luxury car manufacturer had traded its shares in the U.S. electric car firm.
On a related note, BMW and Daimler earlier decided to combine their businesses of transportation offerings so that they can branch out services in car-sharing, ride-hailing apps, charging electric cars, and parking. The two firms claimed that they plan to turn out to be a “top provider” of new methods to get around towns, where more individuals will witness vehicles as a service they employ when required.
Those businesses comprise car-sharing, a sector where Munich-based BMW AG has DriveNow and Stuttgart-located Daimler AG runs its car2go service. User employ a smartphone application to unlock and find cars parked on streets of the city and employ them for short intervals when required. Also fraction of the contract is moovel startup by Daimler. The startup permits consumers to pay and book for cars, trains, rental bikes, and taxis.