Tesla, BMW Collaborate in Promoting Electric Cars

Tesla, BMW Collaborate in Promoting Electric Cars

Executives from BMW and Tesla met on Wednesday to strategize on how best to encourage electric car adoption.

BMW currently sells the i3 all-electric car and the plug-in hybrid i8 sports car. According to a report by Bloomberg, executives from those companies met, but Tesla is also in talks with other manufacturers as part of an effort for greater industry collaboration on the issue.

Currently, Tesla provides Daimler with the powertrain that serves in its electric B-Class. The Palto Alto Calif.-based company also powers Toyota’s slow-selling RAV4 EV, but that will come to an end this year as Toyota shifts to selling its FCV hydrogen car instead.

Yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company would not seek to protect its technology patents against anyone trying to use its technology in “goof faith.”

“At best, the large automakers are producing electric cars with limited range in limited volume. Some produce no zero emission cars at all,” Musk wrote in a blog post published yesterday.

He went on to say that Tesla can’t “build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis” and that “the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.”