Tesla Mercedes Benz: Although Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is doing just fine on its own, there is nothing wrong with getting a little help from friends in the industry. And that is exactly what Tesla is doing with its recently announced partnership with Mercedes-Benz of Germany.
In this situation, it appears that Mercedes was the one doing the reaching out with Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) taking the company up on its offer.
According to ExtremeTech, “Mercedes-Benz of Germany reached across the Atlantic to partner with Tesla of Silicon Valley to create its first mainstream electric vehicle with reasonable room for reasonably sized families and cargo.”
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Not only is this good news for Tesla Motors in terms of revenue growth, but there is something else to consider. This means that other companies, including those that have been well known for producing luxury cars for many years, such as Mercedes, are taking note that Tesla knows a thing or two about the electric vehicle industry.
At this time, there is not a lot of information out there but there are grumblings that the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive crossover/hatchback is set to make its way to United States soil by 2014.
Despite the fact that this is going to be a Mercedes branded vehicle, nobody will overlook the fact that Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) had a lot to do with the overall design and production.
While Mercedes focused on the body and interior, Tesla did what they do best by focusing on the “lithium-ion battery pack, electric motors, on-board charging system, and control electronics.”
Of course, this is not the first time the two companies have worked together. In the past, these two have partnered on other electric vehicle projects such as the Smart Electric. And who could forget the AMG SLS Electric Drive? With the ability to go from 0 to 60 in four seconds, this vehicle was of great interest to many. It may never make its way to the US, but it was a success for both companies nonetheless.
Nobody knows for sure how much the new vehicle is going to cost, but it would make sense for the B-Class Electric Drive to hit the market at roughly $40,000.
Are you thinking about buying an electric vehicle in the near future? If so, you may want to wait around for this Mercedes, with Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) influence, to make its way to market.
For a closer look at what the vehicle will offer, check out the image on the next page: