Elon Musk wanted to sell Tesla to Apple but couldn't get a meeting


It’s still a rumour with absolutely no concrete evidence but the news about Apple making a car has created quite a stir. A news report by Reuters has suggested that by 2024 Apple’s first car would go in production. Against that backdrop, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed a really interesting tidbit.

Musk took to Twitter and made a startling admission that the considered selling Tesla to Apple but Apple CEO Tim Cook didn’t meet him. Musk tweeted, “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.”

The Tesla CEO didn’t give a timeline about when exactly was this but it’s possible that it was sometime in the middle of the decade. Musk also responded to claims made in Reuters’ news report about the kind of battery Apple may use in its cars. Apple, as per the report, plans to use a monocell design for the car battery, to which Musk responded, “Strange, if true. Tesla already uses iron-phosphate for medium range cars made in our Shanghai factory. A monocell is electrochemically impossible, as max voltage is ~100X too low. Maybe they meant cells bonded together, like our structural battery pack?”

If — and it still remains a big if — Apple does launch a car then one of its direct rivals would Musk and Tesla. Quite a few Tesla employees — including its engineering head — has joined Apple in the last few years. In fact, Musk even called Apple “Tesla’s graveyard”. “If you don’t make it at Tesla you go work for Apple,” he said in an interview in 2015.

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