With the news Tesla has surpassed both Ford and General Motors as the most valuable U.S. car company, the aforementioned title seems like a no-brainer. Although Tesla’s value has largely been inflated on promises and ideas, there’s no denying it works.
Tesla houses brand cache Chevrolet only dreams of, and it’s likely one reason why the Chevrolet Volt isn’t the coolest, eco-friendly product on the block. Road and Track thinks it’s Tesla time for General Motors, and it’s not that crazy of an idea.
General Motors houses more production capacity than Tesla will likely ever warrant in the foreseeable future, and there’s no getting around the fact Tesla must eventually turn a profit and step out of its low-volume production business. It’s simply not sustainable. GM can help with that.
GM can also help with a vast network of dealers and service centers, too. Right now, it’s not exactly easy to get a Tesla serviced, though, it can be argued General Motors has had some sway in undermining Tesla’s expansion. It seems like it couldn’t work, but really, Tesla offers GM the mojo it needs for electric vehicles, and GM offers Tesla space to really help it succeed.
Will it ever happen? Who knows, but there’s no denying the basic business case laid out for a GM-Tesla merger.