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Ford Won't Buy Tesla, But a Partnership Makes Sense

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Ford's conservative spending after its 2009 restructuring is another reason why a partnership with Tesla could may make better sense from a financial perspective. I also don't think Ford has been planning a George Steinbrenner-like Yankee managerial move by discontinuing Mercury and selling Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo, all in an effort to build cash to acquire Tesla. The wildcard that could make a Tesla acquisition more credible is the willingness to pay the huge price tag as a means to help offset upcoming EPA CAFE standards, which will see mpg go from 27.5 to 37.8 by 2016.
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Interesting angle on reasons to purchase. But tsla's numbers are so out of line with its stock price, a purchase would be like a dot com sucker's bet. Sooner (better) or later they've got to "show us the money!".
I agree a strategic partnership would be wiser than an outright takeover at these prices. Of course speculation of a takeover will only make tsla's number more ridiculous.

And 10 mpg's in just 2 more years? That's insane. People better buy cars now because the price tag will be out of reach.

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What is Ford sitting at as far as a CAFE rating?
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Purely a speculative article, but nothing wrong with a little speculation to start off 2014!
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I don't think the EV fire concerns deserve all the attention they receive.

Gasoline powered cars catch on fire all the time and it's never discussed by the media

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Purely a speculative article, but nothing wrong with a little speculation to start off 2014!

Gotta have something to choot the chit about.
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I don't think the EV fire concerns deserve all the attention they receive.

Gasoline powered cars catch on fire all the time and it's never discussed by the media

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I agree for the most part.

However, being a different animal, there are electrocution concerns - be it a bad fire for someone escaping, or for emergency crews... (becoming the ground). Different learning curve.
Look at all the precautions F1 crews have to go through with the KERS.

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No one should buy tesla at its current state, it just finally made some profit but only because of money shifting.
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