Tesla CEO Elon Musk Test Drives ID.3; VW CEO Clarifies the Companies are not Looking to Partner

by Eva Fox September 07, 2020

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Test Drives ID.3; VW CEO Clarifies the Companies are not Looking to Partner

Featured image: Herbert Diess/Linkedin

The good relationship between Elon Musk and Herbert Diess is no secret to anyone. Musk previously noted that Diess is doing more than any big carmaker to switch to electric transport and therefore expressed his support for him. And Diess previously thanked Elon Musk for pushing and pulling Germany’s auto industry towards the era of electric vehicles.

Last week Musk visited Germany. He had a very busy schedule, which included many important meetings and a visit to Giga Berlin. But, he made another surprise meeting: with VW Chief Diess, who had also brought the ID.3 and ID.4 along with him.

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. 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.


Source: Herbert Diess/Linkedin

Diess thanked Musk for the visit and wrote in Linkedin:

"Thanks for the visit, Elon! Hope you like the video. It was great driving the ID.3 with you! You were just quite critical with the available torque at higher speed. I told you:" Yes, we are on the runway - but no need for take off - its not a sports car. " For this you should try our Porsche Taycan. Looking forward to our next meeting!"

This event has sparked a wave of speculation that companies are starting a partnership or have a common project. However, today all rumors and assumptions have been dispelled. Hours after the first posting, Diess wrote that the CEOs simply drove the ID.3 and talked more informally--though are not actively exploring a collaboration or deal:

"Just to be clear: We just drove the ID.3 and had a chat - there is no deal/cooperation in the making."

 


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