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Tesla Motors Joins On a Smart EV

Tesla Motors Elon Musk says his vehicle start-up has signed a to provide Daimler with the technology that will 1,000 electric Smart cars could be on the road by the end of the

The long-rumored deal comes as of the major automakers roll out plug-in hybrids and electric at the Detroit auto show. Tesla appeared for the first and announced a souped-up version of its Roadster called the Roadster The deal is by no means exclusive recently launched a joint with a German battery but it would provide the Silicon company with much-needed while giving the German proven battery technology.

If the 1,000-vehicle fleet is successful and the make sense and the product is that will expand to of thousands of vehicles per year, said in an address to the Society of Analysts meeting held the auto show. Daimler is looking at this as a very product.

Daimler hasn t on the announcement, as most of its officials are to Germany from Detroit, and spokesman Ken Kettenbeil said he had no on the deal. But Michael Van der Sande, s vice president of global and marketing, told Wired.com Daimler gave Musk the to announce the deal this

Tesla has been working the German automaker for more a year to develop a battery and charger for the Smart EV, and rumors of a partnership have been for months.


We ve been in conversation with since the fall of 2007 and it has up significantly in recent months, Van der said. We re going to provide with battery packs and for their Smart EV program. The arrangement is for 1,000 units.

The will use the same lithium ion as the Roadster but almost certainly need fewer of them in a pack designed specifically for the Smart. Van der Sande could not any technical specifications for the battery nor did he say when they might be to Daimler.

Musk says it s a non-exclusive and the technology may or may not make it into Smart EVs. Daimler announced a joint venture German battery supplier to develop lithium ion batteries, but it isn t for an automaker to develop and test from a variety of suppliers. Motors spent months battery packs from two before selecting Korea s LG to supply the units slated for the Volt range-extended electric

The Smart is just one of several with cords announced at the auto show, and although like the Smart, are conceptual or cars planned for limited there is no doubt automakers are the technology. Van der Sande said came to the auto show, one of the s biggest, to show off the Roadster and opportunities to work with automakers. Tesla s display a Roadster stripped of its bodywork to the electric drivetrain.

We re showing it off because we feel the needs to move to EVs sooner than later and we feel we can our experience to other (automakers), he We d love to work with major (automakers). Our aim is not to provide one for one vehicle.

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We are having conversations a few others and would eagerly other opportunities.

With automakers racing to develop Tesla might need deals if it is to remain competitive, Aaron Bragman, an industry with IHS Global Insight. As ranging from giants General Motors to startups Fisker Automotive promising and plug-in hybrids at almost price point, Tesla s will only get smaller if it comes through with the S sedan it is developing.

It s a concern for Tesla, he said. all these cars coming, how do remain relevant?

Smart 24,622 Smart ForTwo in America last year, its full year of U.S. Daimler says it will building an electric version of the car by the end of the and is exploring opportunities for the United market. The automaker has been Smart EV prototypes in London, it has 100 on the road, since 2007.

Similar programs are planned for and three cities in Italy the next year or so.

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