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Way back in March of 2009, we first heard from a source who wished to remain anonymous that Tesla Motors co-founder Martin Eberhard might be back in the electric vehicle game. What we had been told was that Eberhard was doing some work with Volkswagen on electric vehicle projects. At the time, we contacted Eberhard, who told us that he wasn't ready to talk publicly about any new projects yet. Since we couldn't get any other confirmation, we let the story rest.

Green Tech Media is now reporting much the same thing we heard last year. Since that time, of course, Eberhard's defamation/breach of contract suit against Tesla has come and gone and in the last several months the Volkswagen group has unveiled three very different electric vehicle concepts. VW showed the E-up! city car in Frankfurt and Audi has shown two very different E-tron sports cars in Frankfurt and Detroit. VW has a research and development facility in Palo Alto, CA, not far from where Eberhard lives.

We've asked Eberhard for a comment on the situation and he has confirmed that he is indeed doing work with Volkswagen. Eberhard declined to provide any other details at this time other than to say, " my interests have not changed a lot." We certainly aren't surprised to see him involved because of his passion for electric vehicles. The U.S. is also a primary market for electrics being because of California mandates.





[Source: Green Tech Media]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Very good news. I truly hope that VW bring out an affordable EV like the one above. The more automakers getting out EVs the better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great news indeed. I hope that he will actually get to work on real production EV project; not just some PR fake project that VW has no intention to sell.

      True engineers never stop.

      • 5 Years Ago
      YES WE CAN! : )

      I'm a fan of the Eberhardster but I have no illusions. number 1, he sold his silence to Elon, I'm guessing for a rather large sum :) but still. and 2, and this is a big one, VW is owned by oil interests.
      being owned by big oil doesn't mean they will never make any electric cars at all, big corps can be schizo like that, just look at the EV1. but it does have a very dominant tendency to relax the ambitions a 'bit'. And here's the speculative point. I don't think Eberhard has the ethical stones to say no and walk away when he sees their true intent. So while this is certainly interesting I have no hope that this is anything more than a bullshit program like BMW's mini-Es. A token effort offered by the wicked to appease the spineless.

      soo.. no we can't :) because Obama is among the spineless.

      but on very rare occasions there will be a single human growing a conscience. we could get lucky and some good will come out of VW. yeah right : )

      apropos settlement. I'm guessing the far side of a million. possibly beyond 2. possibly much higher still. silence is certainly a high price and it was a bad choice.