JAKARTA – Volkswagen (VW) Chief Executive Herbert Diess on Monday (7/9) local time denied speculation that it has plans to develop a deeper relationship with Tesla. This speculation arose after Diess met with Tesla Chief Executive, Elon Musk in Braunschweig, Germany, last week, and during his visit, VW allowed Musk to drive the latest VW ID electric car.
“Just to be clear, we were just driving ID.3 and chatting – there was no agreement or cooperation on the manufacture of (the car),” Diess said in a statement on Linkedin.
It also includes videos of two CEOs driving a vehicle at the airport. “Thank you for visiting, Elon! Hope you like the video. It was great to ride the ID.3 with you! You are quite critical with the torque available at higher speeds,” said Diess.
“I told you, ‘Yeah, we’re on the runway – but there’s no need to take off – this isn’t a sports car!’ he said jokingly.
As well as meeting with Diess last week, Musk also met with three German ministers and other senior politicians on Wednesday to discuss progress on collaboration between the German carmaker and biotech company and plans for an electric vehicle factory.
Ralph Brinkhaus, leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative parliamentary bloc CDU / CSU, said Musk was satisfied with the progress of Tesla’s alliance with vaccine developer CureVac. On the sidelines of a parliamentary block conference in Berlin, Musk also met with Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, Health Minister Jens Spahn and Research Minister Anja Karliczek.
Tesla is helping build a cellular molecule printer to create a potential COVID-19 vaccine that is being developed by CureVac.