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BMW, Tesla consider carbon fibre partnership

25 Nov 2014  | Paul Buckley

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German automaker BMW is in talks with EV maker Tesla Motors for a possible "carbon fibre" partnership in vehicle batteries and light-weight components, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

In an in interview published by the German newspaper Der Spiegel. "We are talking about whether we can collaborate in battery technology or charging stations," Musk told Der Spiegel.

Musk also described BMW's production of carbon fibre reinforced car body parts as "interesting" and "relatively cost efficient."

BMW uses carbon fibres from its joint venture with materials supplier SGL to make reinforced passenger cell parts for the company's i3 electric hatchback and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.

During the summer BMW and Tesla executives had met to discuss the creation of charging stations usable for different types of electric cars.

Last month Daimler, owner of the Mercedes brand, said the company was continuing to collaborate with Tesla even after selling its remaining four per cent stake in the U.S. electric carmaker. Tesla has also worked with Toyota on electric SUV projects.

Musk also told Der Spiegel that he expects Tesla to have a battery production plant in Germany in five to six years.

Tesla's partnerships within the automotive industry also reflects its strong drive to foster and fuel the development of electric mobility, motivated by the aggravation of the carbon crisis and the huge disproportion in the production of electric and conventional cars.

Musk surprised the industry when he made a move to waive patent lawsuits against anyone who uses the company's technology. He hailed the open source movement as a means to promote technological and societal progress. (Read the rest of the story here: Tesla foregoes IP claims to drive electric car technology)

- Paul Buckley
  EE Times Europe

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