Tesla and Daimler to team up for a brand new Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle
According to Telsa’s fourth quarter earnings, they will provide an electric powertrain for the Mercedes-Benz vehicle in question. The powertrain will consist of a motor, an inverter, transmission and various software components.
There are currently no details as to when the car will be released.
This is not the first time that the companies have worked together. The Smart ED contains Telsa’s developed battery pack. Daimler owns the Smart brand.
Other Mercedes-Benz electrically powered vehicles
Mercedes-Benz did recently develop the B-Class E-Cell Plus. This was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011 and received great praise. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell compact van was developed for Europe only. It would seem that Mercedes-Benz are emphasising more on electric vehicles when that particular market is slowly starting to prosper after a very slow start.
Tesla and Toyota
Tesla is also set to team up with Toyota with their plans for a new electric RAV4 SUV. Production will start later on in the year in Ontario, Canada. Altogether the deal will be worth $100 million. Details of the RAV4 in question will be released in 2013, with specifications and prices be released soon.
New Tesla vehicles
Tesla is not just about helping others. They are set to release two new vehicles soon. The first will be released in July 2012. The Tesla S is a sedan which will have a 160 mile range according to the company. The car will be able to reach 0 to 60 MPH in 5.6 seconds when it has been fully charged.
The X model will be released after and is expected to be faster than the Porsche 911. It will also be larger than the Audi Q7 SUV. The car will be so practical that up to seven adults will be able to sit comfortably. If one boot is not enough, the Tesla X will contain two. One at the front and one at the back.
Tesla is forecasting revenues of $55 to $60 million in the first half of the year. They are only making money from their roadster which is being sold only in European and Asian regions. The company are hoping to sell 5,000 model S sedans this year which would bring around revenue of $550-600 million.