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Years ago Daimler invested around $50 million into Tesla, as the company struggled to stay alive. This ended back in 2014 when Mercedes realized that the future of industry was in fact with EV's and they stopped their powertrain supply contract with Tesla to developed their own EQ sub brand. Now Tesla has become such a disruptor in the premium car space, it looks like the CEO of Daimler may yet again revisit a partnership with the company. https://electrek.co/2018/10/29/mercedes-benz-tesla-working-daimler-ceo/
 

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Saw this coming, especially now that Tesla has finally had a profitable quarter and seems to finally be making some progress with catching up on their backlog of preorders. I really don't think that Elon has much interest in giving away any stake in the company though.
 

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A partnership doesn't necessarily mean that Merc will be buying Tesla stock, but we could see some shared components with certain EQ models. It would be a smart play for Mercedes to make their models compatible with Tesla's supercharging network.
 

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Fact is at the end of the day these are companies that want to make money, Daimler investment got them 3/4 of a billion when they cashed out last time, what does that say about this time around?
 

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I think the main reason that they cashed out last time, is because they weren't sure the company would survive. Since the Model 3 is currently one of the best selling cars in the U.S, you can bet that future investments will be on a more long term basis. If you cant beat them, join them.
 

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It just goes to show how sound their investment planning is which should give us EV buyers some more confidence in brands like Tesla is we also want to go that direction.
 

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Well if you look at what's been happening with Faraday Future, you can understand this early skepticism around brand new companies. It isn't easy to build a brand new car company from the ground up and Tesla has been extremely fortunate to have so much prevalence in the media.
 

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Elon just mentioned a few days ago how close the company was to bankruptcy during the production squabbles with the Model 3. We've seen a lot of EV companies come and go, but there are reports that Fisker may be planning a re launch.
 

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Even if that was about to happen, EV's are the future in a big way and money to keep them going based on future promises would be in order.
 

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If Fisker does plan on returning to the market, they'll need a proper production facility and serious improvements to their build quality. Going to be really tough for them to take market share from the already established players.
 

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At this point they're more likely to scoop up investors so I have faith that they can grow, maybe not to Tesla's extent but the potential is there.
 

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There are going to run into the same issues that plague all new EV startups and that's hitting production quotas. It's easy to set goals and targets but its a whole other thing to deliver on them. I think Fiskers opportunity may have passed with how much more competitive the segment has become in recent years.
 

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If Fisker does plan on returning to the market, they'll need a proper production facility and serious improvements to their build quality. Going to be really tough for them to take market share from the already established players.
Proper production facility with proper management what is actually needed to run the business.
 
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