Tesla and Mercedes could collaborate in electric commercial vehicles
Elon Musk's praise for Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van triggered talks between two automakers over potential cooperation on an electric version.
After a November tweet by Musk, the two companies started sounding out possible prospects for a battery-powered van through a series of phone calls involving Jerome Guillen, a Tesla executive who previously worked for Daimler.
"These talks are happening" CEO Dieter Zetsche said, adding that the "outcome is open." It remained unclear if the potential project would involve joint development of a new vehicle or if Tesla technicians would switch to the upcoming battery-powered version.
Daimler will start offering an electric version of the Sprinter later this year. The van will have a battery range of some 150 kilometers and a maximum payload of more than 1,000 kilograms.