Your EV could also store excess solar, feed it back later (leaving enough charge for a weeks commuting.)
In a tweet, Mr Musk said he reached out to Apple chief executive Tim Cook "to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla (for one-tenth of our current value). He refused to take the meeting".
Tesla's market value is $US616 billion ($814 billion), as of the close of trading on Tuesday. One-tenth of that is $US61.6 billion.
Mr Musk said he sought out the meeting with Mr Cook "during the darkest days of the Model 3 program", a reference to Tesla's first electric car designed for the mass market.
Apple will develop its own self-driving technology, with a view to putting an electric car with “breakthrough” battery technology on the market by 2024, it has been reported.
The news, from a Reuters story citing several unidentified sources, raises again the oft-times rumoured “Project Titan” that has been in and out of the news for some years now.
As far back as 2015 the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple would ship an electric car in 2019, however the project has reportedly progressed unevenly. An Apple-made and designed electric car was put on hold and Doug Field, an ex-Tesla employee and Apple veteran returned to oversee the project in 2018.
A crash in 2018 involving a Lexus driving with Apple self-driving apparatus – which was ironically rear-ended by an electric Nissan Leaf – confirmed that Apple was working on autonomous technology. Since then further updates on Apple’s project have been thin on the ground.
This time around, it appears the reports are more substantial.
Reuters reports that “two people familiar with the effort said, asking not to be named because Apple’s plans are not public” that Apple’s project has now progressed to the point it will build its own electric car, with autonomous driving technology that would take on the likes of Tesla’s FSD (Full Self-Driving) and Google’s Waymo.
Importantly, the reports make mention of a “radically” new battery design that would reduce the cost of batteries as well as increase driving range, according to someone who says they have seen Apple’s battery design.
The person who spoke with Reuters said Apple is looking at using lithium iron phosphate (LFP) chemistry – the type of battery currently used in Tesla’s China-made Model 3.
This is not only cheaper to make than the typical nickel-manganese-aluminium (NCA) chemistry of today’s lithium-ion batteries, but is also less likely to overheat.
“It’s next level,” the person was quoted as saying of Apple’s battery technology. “Like the first time you saw the iPhone.”
Who will make the Apple car is less clear. Reuters reports that Magna International – which has just inked a deal to make the Fisker Ocean in Europe – has previously explored a partnership with Apple but this fell through after Apple’s plans became unclear, a person familiar with those previous efforts told Reuters.
Sounds fake...apple was doing a car project and fired everyone a few years ago... besides apple had to stop because they realized once inside, you need to use windows to look outside......Sources say Apple will put an electric car with self-driving and "breakthrough" battery technology on the market by 2024.thedriven.io
Breakthrough battery, breakthrough RISC chip. Cool!
Both Toyota and merc bought Tesla shares in the beginning as well and sold early..... merc would be worth double what it is now if they didn’t sell....https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12...cook-rejected-tesla-purchase-meeting/13011250
I bet someones kicking themselves
All of Germany's taxi's are Mercedes .... Has Merc got an all electric version at a reasonable price? Keep in mind, Mercs are reasonably priced in Germany ... it's only in Oz that we pay a fortune for them