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Old 02-10-2020, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there any chance that Google would buy Tesla?

This mouthbreather thinks there are good arguments for it. If Musk really wants to sell electric cars, Google's money would enable it to grow far faster than it could otherwise, but would he ever sell?

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I assume there is some argument but I'm not going to care.

Wouldn't it be Alphabet instead of Google? I doubt money is the constraint on growth.
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This mouthbreather thinks there are good arguments for it. If Musk really wants to sell electric cars, Google's money would enable it to grow far faster than it could otherwise, but would he ever sell?
Doesn't seem crazy to me. Musk is an entrepreneur, and EVs are a thing now, time to move on. In fact, Tesla would probably do better without him at this point. He'll get bored once the interesting ideas and problems are solved and it's just down to the daily nuts and bolts of the operation.

The big money isn't in manufacturing cars anyhow, it's in AI and autonomous driving. If Google and Tesla combined their knowledge, they might develop the best autonomous system yet.

I agree with freebeard though, it isn't lack of money preventing a runaway success; its not being technologically there yet to either sell in very large volume at marginal profit, or lower volume at greater profit.
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They nearly did 7 years ago: https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...usk-larry-page

They won't try it again I guess.
Tesla really doesn't need it anyway, now many countries are willing to facilitate and even pay for construction of a local Gigafactory.
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Kevin mentioned the possibility of Tesla leasing their software and Google building the world's biggest self-driving network, but mostly how many cars they would sell if they opened ten gigafactories and targeted markets besides luxury.
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Only a few people could aford a good Tesla car model.
Unles a new revolutionary battery become reality in mass production, forget about large scale electric cars market. It would still be a market for wealth people.

Once a great battery arrives, giant companies could invest heavily. Or they could invest in battery research, but it would be more risky.
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Kevin mentioned the possibility of Tesla leasing their software and Google building the world's biggest self-driving network, but mostly how many cars they would sell if they opened ten gigafactories and targeted markets besides luxury.
As I said elsewhere, EV adoption isn't really production limited; it's demand limited. Or presented inversely, it's supply of cheap/good batteries. There are no cheap and good batteries, so EVs fill a niche market.
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Nineteen-year-old who thinks tires were tubeless radials from the get-go speculates that if Tesla makes a fleet of 20 million robo-taxis, then the're in a position to disrupt the tire industry. Maybe by buying Michelin.

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Google makes guaranteed money

Tesla does not

Google likely would not view that as a useful acquisition
Sort of similar to the Apple car rumor

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