Last week a report dredged up rumors of the company’s talks with Tesla last year that may or may not have been angling for an acquisition. In a new interview, CEO Elon Musk confirmed the talks but wasn’t so forthright about a potential buyout.
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Tesla’s Elon Musk confirms talks with Apple but denies potential acquisition

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Last week a report detailing potential new product categories for Apple dredged up rumors of the company’s talks with Tesla last year that may or may not have been angling for an acquisition. In a new Bloomberg interview, Elon Musk, the CEO of the electric car manufacturer, confirmed the talks but wasn’t so forthright about a potential buyout.

Apple’s meetings with Tesla were put under the microscope in a recent article from The San Francisco Chronicle that said Apple has been exploring new products that could include everything from medical devices to cars. The article itself saw Apple as more a like-minded partner for Tesla than its new owner, and Musk says any acquisition at this time is unlikely. He did not go so far to say it was an impossibility, however, and admitted that the right offer could change his stance.

Musk’s primary concern at this time is penetrating the mass market, a goal the auto maker is getting closer to with the development of their new Model X. The new car, planned as Tesla’s most affordable all-electric at right around $50,000, has been delayed again. Originally slated for release in 2013, the Model X is now scheduled for a 2015 debut. A lot could happen between now and then, but an acquisition by Apple does not seem to be on the table.

[via Bloomberg]

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