On Twitter, the American entrepreneur says he wanted to meet Tim Cook, the boss of Apple, with the idea of selling his business to him.

A very strange revelation by Elon Musk followed the information from Reuters on a possible launch of an autonomous electric car from Apple in 2024. The boss of Tesla remains perplexed by the supposedly revolutionary batteries of the firm's “Titan project”. Cupertino. The lithium-iron-phosphate combination would already be used by Tesla "for mid-range cars" designed at the Shanghai plant. In addition, the billionaire expresses doubts about the technical characteristics of these batteries.

Apple could have bought Tesla, for a tenth of its value

But it is then that comes the most surprising, Elon Musk points out that during the "darkest days" of the development of Model 3, he contacted Tim Cook to offer him a buyout of Tesla by Apple. If he does not specify in which year, the difficulties around the Model 3 were particularly triggered around 2016/2017. At the time, the whimsical boss said the resale proposal was worth $ 60 billion, or a tenth of the brand's current value. Today, Tesla represents more than 600 billion dollars of market capitalization. According to the second richest man in the world, Tim Cook simply "refused to attend the meeting."

However, these statements should be taken with a grain of salt, following Elon Musk's numerous escapades on Twitter. On April 1, 2018, the eccentric billionaire made a dubious joke when he announced Tesla's bankruptcy. A few weeks earlier, several experts had reported the group's poor financial situation. The same year, Elon Musk had brought charges of pedophilia against one of the rescuers of children trapped in a Thai cave. Last May, the fifties shakes up again by tweeting that "the Tesla share price is too high", causing a plunge of 10.3%

Tesla among the top 500 U.S. caps

The brand of electric vehicles still managed to establish itself on the stock market. On Monday, Tesla joined the prestigious S&P 500 index, which brings together the top 500 US capitalizations. With a value of $ 658 billion at the end of last week (about 538 billion euros), it is the most expensive company to include the S&P 500. The previous record was held by the investment firm Berkshire Hathaway, which entered the S&P 500 in 2010, with a capitalization three times smaller than that of Tesla. Since the start of the year, the brand's share has soared 700%, becoming the eighth market capitalization in the world on December 18 and moving closer to Facebook. Tesla now weighs more than General Motors, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen combined.

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