According to reports cited by Graham Rapier of Business Insider, Musk was spotted by members of the local media to have been present in a meeting with Volkswagen’s number one official, Herbert Diess, at the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg outside the German capital.
The meeting lasted for two hours and it was even reported that Musk tried test driving the German car manufacturer’s ID.3 electric car model.
One might wonder why he met one of his competitors in Europe’s largest economy but officials from both parties were either unavailable or refused to comment on the matter as of press writing. This could have shed a light on the agenda of the meeting and what could have transpired during those two hours.
However as Rapier suggests in their writing, the Volkswagen chief has been very vocal in expressing his admiration to Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk. He even praised him on LinkedIn last July, asserting that the company, along with a few others, will be able to coast through the ill effects of the Coronavirus disease – 2019 (COVID-19) “without a quarter of losses”.
Meanwhile, during the Musk’s visit to Tesla’s Gigafactory in Berlin, he detailed the company’s future plans to manufacture car batteries in the facility. He added that the move will lead to the fundamental transformation of how the company designs its cars. Additionally, Musk laid down its company’s broader goal to achieve a sustainable energy future enumerating three main thrusts – sustainable-energy generation, energy storage, and sustainable transport, electric cars.