Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that he had a meeting with Apple, but didn’t reveal what the discussions were about. However, the entrepreneur said a Tesla sale is “very unlikely” at the moment because the company wants to go through with its mission to build a mass-market electric vehicle.
“We had conversations with Apple. I can’t comment on whether those revolved around any kind of acquisition,” Elon Musk told Bloomberg TV in an interview. “I’d be very concerned in any acquisition scenario, whoever it is, that we become distracted from that task which has always been the driving goal of Tesla,” Musk added, referring to the company’s goal of building a compelling mass-market EV.
Still, he did say he would consider a sale if that would bring Tesla Motors closer to building the mass-market electric vehicle. However, he added that this is not the case at the moment.
When the reporter asked Musk about what advice he might give to Apple about getting into the car business, he responded: “I’d probably tell them that I think it’s a great idea.”
Another interesting statement made by Musk in the interview was that he expects Tesla to be “the first company to market with significant autonomous driving function in the vehicles,” or autopilot as he likes to call it. He said autopilot technology on Tesla vehicles is coming in a few years.
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By Dan Mihalascu