Musk hints at Tesla interest in Daimler van

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(Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) could be interested in partnering with Daimler AG’s (DAIGn.DE) Mercedes-Benz on an electric powered variation of its Sprinter van, Main Govt Officer Elon Musk said in a tweet below on Monday.

“Possibly exciting to operate with Daimler/Mercedes on an electric powered Sprinter. That’s a excellent van. We will inquire,” Musk replied below to a comment by a Twitter consumer enquiring about an electric powered van.

The latest era of Sprinter vans debuted in February this yr and Mercedes-Benz plans right here to offer you electrical versions from following yr.

Tesla did not straight away respond to a ask for for comment.

Daimler declined to comment on no matter if it was open to collaboration with Tesla, but a spokesman said it was delighted by Musk’s curiosity in the van.

Outgoing Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche was described as telling a Polish newspaper final thirty day period that he did not rule out cooperating with Tesla in long term, even nevertheless the German luxury auto producer experienced marketed its stake in the U.S. electric cars firm.

Corporation veteran Ola Kaellenius was recently named to turn into Daimler’s first non-German main executive from next year.

Reporting by Sayanti Chakraborty in Bengaluru and Edward Taylor in Frankfurt Modifying by Anil D’Silva

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