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Apple and Tesla meeting prompts acquisition speculation


Apple’s head of mergers Adrian Perica is rumoured to have met with electric carmarker Tesla Motors prompting speculation about a potential acquisition and a move into the car making industry.

The San Francisco Chronicle cited a person familiar with the matter about the meeting between Tesla chief executive Elon Musk and Perica.

The news prompted a rise in Tesla shares to above $200 for the first time.

Both parties have declined to comment. However, Musk has said in the past that an acquisition of Tesla Motors could be a possible outcome for a cash rich buyer, but he was not prepared to step away from the business for “several years”.

Tesla UK

Tesla currently has one dealership in the UK at Westfield shopping centre in West London, which it owns and operates.

The London showroom features a single Model S electric saloon, design studio, as well as Tesla merchandise and clothes.

The showroom also features four large touchscreens which customers can use to spec their Tesla or learn more about the Model S. The showroom gets 15,000 walk-ins a week after opening in November 2013. The showroom is believed to have sold “hundreds” of the £50,000 Model S in the UK, but would not confirm exact figures.

Tesla delivered over 20,000 cars globally in 2013 and the brand is looking to open more showrooms like the one in West London this year.

The Tesla Model S features a tablet like 17-inch touch screen

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  • Jim - 19/02/2014 11:30

    Tesla + Apple = Frapple (baked wrapped apple) = Crapple Both Apple and Tesla have spyware that make it possible for them to track and spy on customers user habits. Big brother type of stuff. How is it a "secret meeting" when there are dozens of articles posted on this "secret meeting" that seem more like advertising than news? I think the creampuff articles about this "secret" meeting is a way to create buzz to inflate stock that is already overvalued and try to divert attention away from the companies problems. Much of the so-called "news" is veiled commercial advertising. Are companies that manufacture defective products that catch fire and EXPLODE, a good choice to start manufacturing medical devices? Tesla manufactures more excuses, then cars. There has been at least five significant Tesla related fires. The most recent Tesla garage fire to hit the news was in Toronto. The car supposedly wasn't even plugged in, so the charging system isn't likely to be a source. I'm hoping to hear reports from the fire departments investigation, because I don't trust Tesla's "fire investigations". There has been at least five Tesla fires. Two Teslas caught on fire after only running over road debris. One Tesla caught on fire and EXPLODED after being in an accident in Mexico. There was a Tesla fire in a California garage, that the Tesla charger connection was ruled as a possible source of the fire by the fire department. Recently there was a Tesla garage fire in Toronto, that so far I haven't heard the fire department give a ruling. Arguably there has been scores, possibly hundreds of minor Tesla fires. There has been a plethora of Tesla charge connectors that have overheated, melted and burned. Though many Tesla shills will argue that they are not fire. Categorically and scientifically they are often classified as fire. Rapid oxidation or rapid decomposition is often classified as fire. Like the metaphor; where there is smoke, there is fire. A few months ago there was a Tesla related garage fire in California that the fire department ruled that the Tesla charging system was a possible source of the fire. The suspect portion of the Tesla charging system that the fire department in California determined was a possible source of the California garage fire, is also suspected in many other Tesla charger reported cases that Tesla charge connections have overheated, melted and burned. Tesla issued a software "fix", however Tesla charge connectors have continued to overheat, melt and burn despite the so-called "fix". The Tesla model S. still has defects that make it a fire hazard. Tesla charger connections are still overheating, melting and burning. Tesla batteries are poorly located and poorly protected. On 01-09-2014 Elon Musk said that replacement adapters that are part of the recall would be mailed out within two weeks. A month later Tesla customers still have not received the replacement adapters that are part of the Tesla model S. recall. Several people have been injured by faulty Tesla charge connectors. Tesla is big on making promises and hype, but short on delivery. Tesla needs to start making safety a top priority. Tesla needs to stop playing blame games and games with semantics. Tesla needs to be proactive instead of reactive. Tesla is being a follower of technology, rather than a leader. The Tesla model S. is an E-Pinto.