For well over a year, there have been rumors and speculations that Apple would buy Tesla. But it was Apple’s arch-rival Google that came pretty close to buying Elon Musk-led electric vehicle maker in 2013. That shocking revelation was made by Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance, the author of the upcoming book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.
Tesla sought a savior in Google
Tesla reported its first-ever quarterly profit on May 8, 2013, riding on the solid demand for its Model S sedan. A few months earlier, the company was on the verge of bankruptcy. The Palo Alto-based EV maker was struggling to turn its pre-orders into actual sales. Though Model S is an amazing car, it had several issues when it went for sale in 2012.