Dieter Zetsche, outgoing CEO of Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, has said talks regarding electric commercial vehicles "are happening" with Tesla
The two carmakers have been in contact since November, when Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, tweeted: "Maybe interesting to work with Daimler/Mercedes on an electric Sprinter. That’s a great van. We will inquire."
Speaking to Automotive News, Zetsche stated the "outcome [of the talks] is open".
He also revealed Musk became interested in the Sprinter after hearing positive feedback from Tesla technicians, who use the van to get to customers requiring service.
An eSprinter model is due to go on sale in Europe later this year with a 84kW/300Nm electric motor. When equipped with a 41kWh battery pack, the eSprinter has a claimed range of 115km, while the 55kWh model can do up to 150km on a single charge.
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