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.
“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.
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.
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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