It’s a new year which means all sorts of new year’s predictions, including one that has General Motors buying Tesla Motors in 2014.
There are plenty of reasons why those in the know say this makes perfect sense, chief among them the fact that GM simply doesn’t have an electric car that’s been doing as well as the Tesla Model S. The Chevy Volt has only sold 19,000 units for the year as of October. That’s a 3% decline over the same period last year. Yikes.
You can blame than decline on any number of factors, including the currently not sky-high price of gas, but Tesla looks to be on the rise despite the Volt’s decreasing sales. The company has also successfully managed the car fire issues that have popped up over the last several months. Heck, they even have the owner of one of those vehicles raving about how impressed he was with the way the car handled the fire.
Tesla has also maintained a five-star safety rating for the Model S. This is the vehicle that managed to be so strong that it broke the crush-test machine. It’s also nothing short of beloved by its owners. Stop a Tesla owner on the street and they will wax poetic about how much they love their car. Go ahead, try it.
You can see why General Motors might want Tesla, but it’s a little harder to see why Tesla would want to become part of GM. It likely rests very firmly in the hands of CEO Elon Musk who is a vocal cheerleader for his beloved electric vehicles.
Is Musk ready to part with his baby? He’s in the habit of creating things and selling them off, so it’s not out of the question, but Musk seems extremely vested in the success of his company right now. I’m betting that he’ll let go of it someday, but this year, well, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the next twelve months.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.