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Trevor Collett | Jun, 19 2014 | 0 Comments

BMW, Nissan and Tesla may soon establish a technical partnership on electric vehicle charging, according to reports out of Europe.

The Financial Times reports that sources from each of the three carmakers have confirmed intentions to discuss a future partnership that could accelerate the development of EVs.

The news comes just days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced an ‘open book’ policy on the EV-maker’s patents, with Musk himself reportedly meeting with BMW last week.

“Tesla was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal,” Musk said last week.

The CEO’s position was reportedly backed by an executive from either BMW or Nissan, who wished to remain anonymous as neither carmaker has put pen to paper yet.

“It is obviously clear that everyone would benefit if there was a far more simple way for everyone to charge their cars,” the executive said.

While not alone in the world of EVs, Tesla’s Model S, Nissan’s Leaf and the BMW i3 and i8 have attracted much interest from customers keen to switch from internal combustion to electric power.

The Leaf made history last year, becoming the first EV to top the sales charts when it became Norway’s best-selling car, while reports late last year suggested customers in the UK were waiting five months for a test drive in a BMW i3.

Access to Tesla’s supercharging network is undoubtedly a key selling point for BMW and Nissan, with the former trialling a similar idea with its solar carport concept earlier this year.

By March 2015, all three carmakers should have their respective EVs on the Australian market, although Tesla is yet to confirm official timing.

The Nissan Leaf has been available for some time, chalking up 12 sales last month, while the Holden Volt (three sales last month) and the Mitsubish Outlander PHEV (991 combined PHEV and petrol sales last month) are also in Australian showrooms.

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