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Tesla Batteries and Drivetrains For Sale

Discussion in 'Tesla Motors' started by vfx, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    This has been a tumultuous part of the business. They started selling the battery to Think! then pulled back that portion of the business but then there was a deal maybe with Mercedes then there was a Daimler Smart Car deal and now are quitely selling them again. We recently found that Mercedes is making their own batteries so that may kill our best guess who their customer may be.

    This is from Tesla's Facebook:
    Millions.
    Sad to think that the battery biz (or at least the company diversification) was what made some heads roll during the first Tesla "re-org" -surely salt in the wounds of those ex-Teslites now.

    So who is/are their battery customer(s) now?
     
  2. WarpedOne

    WarpedOne Supreme Premier

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    Batteries?
    Didn't he say powertrains?
     
  3. malcolm

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    The TEG (Tesla Energy Group) was looking at just the ESS, but then there was a shift sometime later to offering the complete system.

    Hopefully Tesla can become the Lotus/Brabus/whatever of EV powertrain engineering.

    Tesla Motors - think
     
  4. graham

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    From doug's linked article:

    Is he referring to Lotus again in this statement or the undisclosed drive train deal? if the drive train, it is more evidence it could be Daimler...
     
  5. Joseph

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    "It is ironic that our first major automotive partner is not American"

    British or German? Lotus or Daimler? He was *this* close from misspeaking.
     
  6. dpeilow

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    Tesla Motors - think

    Stuttgart - home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.
     
  7. malcolm

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    Wish they'd hurry up and announce their involvement in a Blue Zero or a Smart development.
     
  8. graham

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    I am hoping between Detroit and Geneva there will be a bunch of announcements, including drive train ones.
     

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