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Tesla CEO Elon Musk visited Germany this week. He had a very busy schedule, which included many important meetings and a visit to Giga Berlin. But, Musk made another surprise meeting: with VW Chief Herbert Diess.
Herbert Diess has always stood out from the leaders of other automotive companies in his desire to develop and launch a quality electric vehicle with good software. He also spoke positively about Musk on several occasions and showed his respect for him.
At the end of his visit to Germany, Musk held another meeting, reported haz. On Thursday night, his plane landed at Braunschweig. It is reported that, at the airport, he met with VW Chief Herbert Diess, who had also brought the ID.3 and ID.4 along with him.
Volkswagen hasn't officially confirmed the meeting, but Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung says Musk and Diess spent about two hours together at the airport. During the meeting, they discussed issues of electromobility and digitalization of the automotive industry.
Towards the end of his visit to Germany Tesla Founder ElonMusk also visited with the competition— JPR007 (@jpr007) September 4, 2020
He landed in his jet on Thursday evening at Braunschweig
There he met with VW Chief Herbert Diess in reception who had also brought the ID.3 and ID.4 with him https://t.co/DIeZXpv0Id
Musk tested the ID.3, which was brought in by Diess, on the airport runway. He also had the opportunity to look at the ID.4 electric SUV, which has yet to be introduced to the world.
Besides this unexpected meeting, another interesting event occurred: A Porsche Taycan was spotted at the Giga Berlin site yesterday, reports @gigafactory_4/Twitter.
What a special day. Saw a Porsche Taycan at the #GigaBerlin site. Saw Elon working and departing from Berlin-Brandenburg airport and made a bunch of new friends and ordered Pizza to Tesla Straße 1😀. Thanks all for this awesome day. pic.twitter.com/ZJaVbf3oiR— Giga Berlin / Gigafactory 4 (@gigafactory_4) September 3, 2020
At the moment, it remains unknown who visited the construction site of Giga Berlin in a Porsche Taycan. Perhaps Tesla and the Volkswagen Group are now discussing some kind of cooperation.
Musk has always said that he does not consider those who make electric cars as competitors because the real opponents are cars with internal combustion engines. If he sees a chance to help carmakers accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, he will surely take it.
However, it may have been a routine or casual meeting, having nothing to do with a potential VW-Tesla partnership. Only time will tell.
H/T @jpr007/Twitter, @DerCaspar/Twitter
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