Tesla and Daimler are set to collaborate on a new electric Mercedes-Benz. According to Gigaom.com, the fourth-quarter earnings report released by Tesla earlier this week revealed the company is set to supply a full powertrain for an unnamed electric Mercedes-Benz in the near future. Those components include a motor, transmission, inverter and all of the software necessary to keep the car whirring along. Funds from the deal are supposed to begin trickling in by the second quarter of this year, though no details about production timing or volume were available in the report.

The two automakers aren't strangers. Daimler is an investor in the small electric vehicle manufacturer, and Tesla already supplies battery packs for the low-production Smart ED. Mercedes-Benz made waves at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show when it unveiled the B-Class E-Cell Plus. At the time, the vehicle boasted a lithium-ion battery sourced from a joint venture between Daimler and Evonik, though it's certainly possible the German automaker has changed course on the five-door. Then again, the B-Class E-Cell Plus was an extended-range hybrid, whereas the Tesla earnings report seems to hint toward a full-electric model. Consider us curious.


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      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would not be surprised if this was the plan all along for Tesla. Not building Tesla branded cars, but building powertrains for existing brands.
      hahiran
      • 2 Years Ago
      Elon Musk is in it to win, not to prop up a company, cash out and walk away. I'm impressed by his tenacity and by his products. Now if i can only find $60K in spare change under my couch cushions.
      nismokid02
      • 2 Years Ago
      High rate of failure for start-ups. Struggling auto industry. Recession economy. High development costs. Big competition. Tesla: Balls to that! Let's build an electric car company! America loves an underdog.
        Jason Allen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nismokid02
        Struggling auto industry???? What world are you paying attention to?
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jason Allen
          You've obviously not heard of a company called Chrysler or General Motors.
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jason Allen
          Last year's sales numbers were still millions of units lower than average for the US. The car market is still recovering.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not unless Musk decides to sell it. He still owns a majority share, iirc.
      Ben Wojdyla
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://www.autoblog.com/2011/01/10/mercedes-benz-sls-amg-e-cell-detroit-2011/
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      iB Series EV
      angstymcjoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what Tesla needs to do, keep building relationships with companies that have the money to back up products. Dont try to do everything on your own. Toyota and now Daimler? The longer you are partnered with the likes of them, the longer you'll be able to afford to make your own cars and keep your name on peoples mind.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @angstymcjoe
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      Jason Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is more proof Tesla is doing things right and that they are a success.
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