The Apple CEO ignored the meeting request to discuss the sale of Tesla, says Musk

Tesla CEO Elon MuskMuskNASA’s Elon Reeve selects the next Artemis moonwalkers while SpaceX flies a SpaceX ship with the SpaceX rocket exploding on impact after the test flight, Musk still declares it a success. said Tuesday that it had once considered selling Tesla to Apple, but said CEO Tim Cook had “refused” to hold a meeting to discuss the sale.

Musk’s comments about the sale in the “darkest days of the Model 3 program”, about Tesla’s first electric car designed for the mass market, were in response to a report on Apple’s goals of having its own self-driving cars on the market. market. 2024.

“In the darkest days of the Model 3 program, we contacted Tim Cook to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla (for 1/10 of our current value). He refused to take the meeting, “Musk wrote on Twitter.

Tesla is said to have struggled to make a profit and meet its vehicle production targets in 2017 and 2018, but has since had a series of quarterly profits.

Tesla shares rose 665% this year, making it the most valuable carmaker in the world. It is one of the top 10 American companies in the S&P 500 index, The Associated Press noted.

Apple unveiled its efforts to develop automotive technology for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2016. The technology giant told the agency that it “invests heavily in machine learning and autonomous systems.”

Two unnamed sources, familiar with Apple’s plans, told Reuters that the technology giant aims to have its self-driving car on the market in four years and could include a new battery design optimized for longer distances.

An Apple spokesman was not immediately available for comment.