Elon Musk Says Apple Refused Meeting About Tesla Acquisition
Elon Musk has claimed he once attempted to meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook about the tech giant’s acquisition of Tesla – but Cook “refused to attend”.
Tesla boss Musk tweeted the comment on Tuesday, December 22nd – the day Apple renewed its efforts to get an electric vehicle through 2024, according to Reuters reports.
The Tesla chief wrote, “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 attend the meeting. “
Looking back at Tesla’s 17-year history, it is likely that Musk turned to Cook in 2017 when the company struggled with Model 3 production in the early days of the electric vehicle.
Musk’s comments came after Reuters said in its report that the tech company was working on a “breakthrough” in battery design, with the Tesla CEO questioning the proposed design in another tweet, details of which were provided by the news agency’s source.
The battery will reportedly use a “monocell” design that gives Apple’s vehicle greater range over other electric cars, and could also use a lithium iron phosphate chemistry that reduces the chances of overheating compared to other types of lithium-ion batteries.
“Strange if it’s true,” tweeted Musk in response to the battery design reported by Apple, adding, “Tesla is already using iron phosphate in medium-haul cars manufactured at our Shanghai facility. A monocell is electrochemically impossible because the maximum voltage ~ 100X is too low. Maybe they meant cells that were connected together, like our structural battery? “
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 attend the meeting.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 22, 2020
Apple’s work on an electric car has been on the news and off the news for the past six years. True to form, the company has revealed little about plans for what is known as an “Apple Car,” though various leaks over the years suggest the company has certainly explored the space. This week’s report suggests that Californian company Cupertino even has its eye on a date for the vehicle to be released.
Digital Trends has approached Apple for a comment on Musk’s claims, and we’ll update this article if we hear anything.