Tesla is supplying battery packs and charging systems to Daimler for use in its second-generation electric Smart. That particular deal is only for about 1,000 cars that will be used in an international test fleet. Tesla seems an unlikely partner for any production programs for Daimler. Daimler already has a joint venture with Evonik to produce lithium ion batteries and long standing relationships with suppliers like Bosch and Continental for electronics and motors as well as other systems.
On the other hand, a Tesla investor dropped a hint about a possible investor last week, so who knows. To find out virtually live what gets announced, come here to ABG at 7 a.m. eastern time Tuesday. We'll have a live blog of the event.