Tesla May Partner With Toyota To Launch An Affordable Small SUV: Rumor

If it happens, it can open doors for affordable EVs.


For the first time in its history, Tesla may partner with another Automaker. According to sources, Tesla is in talks with the legendary Japanese automaker, Toyota. The California-based EV is already working with many battery companies like PanasonicCATL, LG Chem. However, a partnership with an automaker will be new.

Toyota and Tesla could join hands to develop an electric platform for a small-size SUV. The news is not official yet, but Korean reporter Choi Won-Seok claims that the deal is approaching the final stage.

Choi Won-Seok is a reporter of the popular Korean newspaper publisher, Ghosun Libo. The reporter has a reputation in the industry, and that’s why we think it could be a piece of legit news.

Apparently, Choi Won-Seok has a strong source in the Japanese auto industry that provides this information. Apart from the rumors, the partnership could make immense sense for the auto giants.

Let us understand some of how this collaboration could be fruitful for both Tesla and Toyota.

How Tesla-Toyota Partnership Makes Sense?

According to YouTube channel Tesla Future, Toyota is expected to do all the hardware work on the vehicle platform, whereas Tesla will provide electronic controls and software support.

When it comes to the build quality, hardware, and manufacturing platform, Toyota could offer a better and efficient service that could curb the total cost.

On the other hand, Tesla is a master in electric vehicle technology and a specialist in autonomous driving tech.

Back in the early 2000s, Toyota made quite an impact with its Toyota Prius hybrid. However, at present, the automaker is lagging in the EV industry.

Toyota plans to introduce around 15 all-electric vehicles before 2025, and by any means it doesn’t seem like the automaker could it all by itself by the said date. A helping hand from Tesla might help the automaker cope with the demanding EV industry.

Anyway, when it comes to Tesla, it could benefit from the advanced manufacturing facility from Toyota.

More importantly, Toyota has a good presence in Japan and all over Africa. This partnership will surely help Tesla to expand its footprint in Japan and easily start operations in Africa.

Anyway, if we want to accelerate e-mobility, collaboration among automakers is one way of doing it. If this partnership brings out an affordable car for the masses, then it’ll be a win-win situation for all.

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Shaheer Anwar

Shaheer Anwar

Shaheer Anwar is an automotive enthusiast and writes about the latest trends happening in the industry. He covers topics related to electric and hybrid vehicles.
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