3 Reasons Tesla Could be Sold This Year
Near the end of last year, some important business person on some big TV channel pitched the idea of Tesla selling itself off to a bigger manufacturer in 2014. The internet went bonkers, and the Tesla faithful were up in arms. But is it really all that ridiculous for Tesla to be sold to a larger automaker? We think not, and we'll tell you why. Increased Production
Arguably the number one reason Tesla would sell would be to increase production. Not that Tesla production is at a standstill by any means, but with more cash and more resources, there's no telling how far and how fast it can get new cars out. Economies of scale can also lower production costs.
Last year, Tesla opened up its first Dutch assembly plant, all the while paying off its Government loans nine years early. If Tesla is looking for a way to compete on a global scale, selling (at least a portion of its company) could really be that step in the right direction.
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An Easy Scapegoat
2013 wasn't exactly an easy year for the startup automaker. Along with some fire troubles (which were not directly caused by the batteries, says Tesla), there was an incident at its Fremont factory and a massive drop in stock put a blemish on Tesla's near perfect record. But there is an easy way out.
Selling to a bigger brand — GM, Ford, Fiat, etc. — could better keep this EV manufacturer out of the limelight. It's easy for people to put the blame on a startup business trying to change the way many people think. If it had GM or larger to back it though, a lot of wary onlookers would (hopefully) find faults elsewhere in the industry. Other automakers are producing EVs, after all.
A New Sportscar
Here at BoldRide, we love sportscars of all shapes and sizes. So, while it may be a bit out of left field, a Tesla sportscar might be something enthusiasts would be able to drool over in a few years.
And no, not another roadster. Think a Mustang or Corvette-based Tesla — potent on the track, more efficient on the road. It's something neither Chevy nor Ford have yet to fully accomplish, it would be a win-win for both parties involved.
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So, will Tesla sell? Probably not. But if it did, it could be just the next big break the company needs.