In the US, speculation is rife that Tesla is being sold to Google.
Google are already dabbling in the industry, but most people would never even know. They have one of the biggest self-driving car development projects in the world, so a top class electric product would fit perfectly.
Firstly, from the UK, its easy to think of Tesla as another DeLorean, a company who only ever got to make 9000 cars or Fisker who made even less. But Tesla have already got 26,000 cars on the road and are involved in a massive investment to install rapid charge centres that charge the car as quickly as a fuel station. In the US, a local delivery and transport company have agreed to buy over 2500 Google self-driving cars, in the meantime Google have recognised that the Tesla offers superior range and technology as a base vehicle than the Google GX3200. Uber hope to have the full fleet up and running by the end of 2014.
With this sort of investment into electric transportation, the future of Eco cars and Eco leasing is rosy. Already at ranges of 300 miles for the battery only Tesla and normal range driving for the Chevrolet Volt, mean that company car drivers can begin to look to the future for their new car.
Accepting that a perfectly useable electric car is two years away, how long before it is self-driving