After a Reuters report that Apple had revived Project Titan — AKA the ‘Apple Automotive‘ — Tesla CEO Elon Musk determined to share an fascinating little bit of insider info to share. Apparently, “through the darkest days” of creating the Mannequin 3, Musk reached out to Tim Cook dinner to debate Apple shopping for Tesla.
Cook dinner reportedly refused.
Through the darkest days of the Mannequin 3 program, I reached out to Tim Cook dinner to debate the opportunity of Apple buying Tesla (for 1/10 of our present worth). He refused to take the assembly.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 22, 2020
It’s stunning that Cook dinner would refuse to even meet, given Apple has been onerous at work on self-driving AI for years. Musk’s feedback additionally appear to dispel any chance Apple would collaborate on self-driving tech with Tesla as properly; rumors indicated there’s an opportunity Apple may promote or license its know-how slightly than come out with a car altogether.
Musk additionally expressed doubt about claims within the Reuters report that Apple is engaged on a “monocell” battery; he claims it’s “electrochemically not possible,” and instructed the tech may as an alternative be nearer to Tesla’s structural battery pack the corporate mentioned on ‘Battery Day.’
Nonetheless, so much may change between now and Apple’s rumored 2024 purpose. In any case, it’s fascinating to know that in an alternate timeline, Tesla — which has typically been known as “the Apple of vehicles” — may have truly been owned by Apple.
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Revealed December 23, 2020 — 01:05 UTC