Daimler top-man Dieter Zetsche may be on his way to the door, but just before he leaves he has shared remarkable news with a Polish newspaper: he does not exclude a partnership with Tesla.
The German never regretted the sale of the Tesla shares, “but this does not exclude a cooperation in the future.” This is truly a special statement, given the history (and shares) that Daimler had until 2014 with the American brand. According to news agency Reuters, Zetsche made the statements in an interview for the Polish Rzeczpospolita newspaper.
Daimler itself is more conservative, because the group says that Zetsche’s comments were slightly taken off-context on the basis of hypothetical questions during the Paris motor show. At the moment there is no cooperation with Tesla on Daimler’s schedule.
The parent company of Mercedes-Benz sold in 2014 its 4 percent share in Tesla. Remarkable detail from that time is that you can see the fruit of ‘cooperation’ between the two brands in the Tesla Model S and the electric Mercedes B-Class. The transmission lever and the controls for the power windows were taken one-on-one from Stuttgart, while Mercedes’ own B 250 e has used the Tesla powertrain in its previous incarnation. Last month, Mercedes-Benz launched its very own competitor for the Tesla Model X: the EQC.