The head of Tesla, Elon Musk, admitted that he considered selling the company during the crisis with the production of the Model 3 in 2017. He was ready to hold talks on this issue with Apple, but the head of the company, Tim cook, refused to meet.
So Musk commented on the information that Apple is working on the production of its own self-driving electric car and intends to release the first model by 2024.
According to the head of Tesla, in 2017, the company cost about ten times less. Musk noted that then Tesla was losing money in production and could not produce a sufficient number of electric cars. In this regard, he directed all the company’s resources to increase production of the model 3 sedan.
By the way, in 2013, rumors circulated in the media that because of the Tesla crisis, Musk was thinking about selling the company to Google.
One of the reasons why Apple decided to produce a consumer car is now called progress in the development of the battery. According to Reuters, Apple is working on a lithium-iron-phosphate battery that can be Packed more tightly into a car’s battery, reducing its weight and increasing its potential energy density.
Musk wrote that Tesla already uses iron-phosphate batteries in some cars that are made in China.
In 2018, Doug field, the chief engineer of Tesla, who led the Titan project, moved to Apple. Then he was joined by the former head of development of electric power units Tesla Michael Shvekuch. According to some reports, Apple continues to poach Tesla employees.
Back in 2015, when the first rumors about the Apple car appeared, Musk joked that Apple is a “Tesla graveyard”. “If you don’t succeed at Tesla, you’ll go to work at Apple. I’m not joking, ” he said.
At the same time, the head of Tesla noted that the electric car is “the next logical thing” that Apple should work on. “It’s good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction. But cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches, ” Musk stressed.