It’s no secret that Fiat-Chrysler aren’t quite on the same page as other manufacturers when it comes to the introduction of all-electric or even hybrid models. But Tesla, keen to ensure a green future, are apparently interested in supplying FCA the batteries and drivetrains to power them into the modern age of motoring.
Following the release of FCA’s earnings report, FCA CEO Mick Manley didn’t comment on how much the company is paying in regards to its EV fleet pooling deal with Tesla, but did let slip that he was very interested in purchasing all-electric powertrains from the Silicon Valley company. If the merger with the PSA Group is finalised, the company will definitely look at electrification, and Tesla will be their first point of call.
“It would be wrong of me to say no,” Manley said in regard to buying from Tesla, adding that the batteries and powertrains would be the main productions to purchase, especially as Tesla’s ‘Skateboard’ style chassis is so adaptable.
This isn’t the first time Tesla has dabbled in supplying parts to other manufacturers. They worked with Toyota, an early investor in the company, with powertrains and also supplied Smart with batteries. Elon Musk is certainly up for still supplying parts to other manufacturers, as he stated in the Q3 2019 earnings call.
“Our relationship with Tesla goes back a long way. It really has helped us. But FCA is absolutely committed to reducing CO2 emissions around the world,” Manley said. With the pooling deal coming to a close in 2021, it’s possible that something else will sprout at around that time which will enable FCA to breach the all-electric market.