Recent rumors of talks between Munich, Germany-based BMW and Tesla Motors heating up were confirmed on Sunday by Elon Musk in the German weekly magazine, Der Speigel, where it’s reported that Musk described BMW’s carbon fiber reinforced car body parts as “interesting” and “relatively cost efficient.”
Does “interesting” translate to Tesla Motors and its Model X’s falcon wing doors at this point? Reuters reports that they started talks originally in June of this year about charging stations and other areas of mutual interest.
If you read the recent account about the Gigafactory deal, “Inside Elon Musk’s 1.4 Billion Score,” then you know talks could be farther down the road regarding carbon fiber supplies being used immediately for the Model X.
So how do you keep a lid on Model X carbon fiber expectations? Deflect?
Musk says to Der Spiegel,”We (BMW & TM) are talking about whether we can collaborate in battery technology or charging stations.
Stay with me, just imagine if Musk pulls off a carbon fiber supply deal with BMW very soon and the automaker rolls out the Model X at around 300 miles on a charge in 2015! I guess that would reinforce the idea of a much better production vehicle than the original show car, eh?
Really hate it when companies bring out an awesome show car and then you can never actually buy it. So lame.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2014
Would BMW do that kind of deal at this point and why?
First off, BMW’s carbon fiber play is part of their vertical integration strategy where global automakers will start calling them about this lightweight material to reduce a car’s weight to meet 52.5 U.S. CAFE standard by 2025—coming fast when it takes 4 years to introduce a new car model.
It would seem that a carbon reinforced Model X would give Tesla Motors a huge advantage in the battery electric vehicle market in 2015 over BMW. However, BMW may see the advantage in immediate, tighter relationship with Tesla right now to advance its battery pack technology and leapfrog Nissan and Chevrolet by 2016?
BMW also sees public battery charging as the right way to go with with the all-electric sales proposition, like Tesla. Another smart move.
As a Tesla fan and EV proponent, I’m rooting for more news and a deep collaboration. The Model X and 300 miles might be a bit of a reach, but Elon Musk does like to go BIG.