• Sep 22nd 2010 at 1:02PM
  • 2
Recently we learned that AMP electric vehicles had made a deal with an undisclosed automaker to electrify one of their SUVs. While one might legitimately suspect the unnamed one is General Motors, since the Chevrolet Equinox has already been the subject of AMP's conversion process, there is now word that another, somewhat unexpected company might be behind the request.

Citing an "inside source" and offering up an "exclusive spy photo" (not pictured above), Autospies is reporting that the SUV in question is actually a Mercedes Benz ML-350. Wait, what? Who? Does that mean Daimler has been stepping out on a certain Californian electric vehicle company in which it has not only invested, but also contracted with for battery and controls tech? It would certainly seem a bit strange given that Tesla had to take the initiative, buy an A-Class and convert it themselves to show reps from the German giant what a great idea it was.

Perhaps that incident convinced some white collared higher-ups that the company needed to be a bit more proactive and this is the odd fruit born of that episode. To put an end to the speculation and satisfy our curiosities we called AMP and asked whether they could confirm or deny this rumor. They could do neither. And so, we leave it to you to weigh in with your considered opinions in the comments section below.

[Source: Autospies]

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      IF this is true, and it does NOT seem likely...

      I can only assume Daimler is working parallel paths to get where they need to go faster, and covering their bets by using multiple sources. Perhaps Tesla's conversion of the RAV4 is making them nervous. Perhaps Daimler doesn't have time to develop an EV SUV from scratch but realize this has the best potential to make a profit. I would love to hear Daimler's explanation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tesla has no particular knowlwedge that is of any utility to anyone. It essentially has no engineering or mass manufacturing staff. But lots of very qualified PR types.

      The Tesla chasis were by Lotus; the commercial off the shelf, electric Li-Ion cells were put together in a bunches of thousands, nothing that anyone else chose to follow. GM has buil tmore Volts for developmnet and testing than Tesla has built in total, with its rich customers serving as the developmental guinea pigs. MB bought into Tesla, opened the paper bag, and discovered it was full of bovine manure, and not much else.

      Daimler promptly dumped its "investment" within a few weeks, to some dumb Arab Oil Zillionaire who didn't know any better.
    Share This Photo X