Filed under: Mercedes-Benz, Earnings/Financials, Tesla, Electric, Ownership
Back in 2009, Daimler acquired over 9 percent of Tesla
. A couple of months later, it sold 40 percent of that stake
to Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments. The following year, Tesla listed on the stock exchange
and Daimler's interest was reduced to 4 percent. But now the German industrial giant has announced it is selling that 4 percent and divesting from Tesla
altogether in a liquidation that is expected to raise approximately $780 million for Daimler
. The divestment has also triggered speculation that the move could make room for rival German automaker
BMW to take an interest in Tesla.
Despite the divestment, Daimler insists that its technological partnership with Tesla will remain unaffected. Mercedes sources the batteries for its B-Class Electric Drive
(pictured above) from the Californian outfit in a deal that is not set to change as a result of the financial realignment. A similar collaboration was in place for the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
, however, now that the new generation of Smarts
developed with Renault is on its way, it's possible that a next-generation Fortwo ED will use French tech instead as an extension of the partnership between Daimler and Renault-Nissan
Daimler has also taken the occasion to point out that, between the Mercedes, Smart and various truck brands, it offers "the industry's biggest portfolio of electric vehicles," including pure EVs, fuel cells and hybrids. The automaker says it will introduce ten new plug-in hybrid Mercedes models by 2017.
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