According to Elon Musk, the plans of the car rental company Hertz to buy 100,000 electric cars from Tesla have not yet been finally contractually agreed. The Tesla boss made the surprising clarification in a tweet on Tuesday night. At first there was no reaction from Hertz.
The car rental company, which only came out of bankruptcy in the summer, announced an order for 100,000 Teslas by the end of 2022 last week and gave no indication that the deal could not yet be sealed. Hertz also announced that the first Teslas would be available at rental stations as early as the beginning of November.
No discount for Hertz
Tesla shares rose sharply after the announcement, and the value of the electric car manufacturer exceeded the one trillion dollar mark for the first time on the same day. The jump also cemented Musk’s top position in the ranking of the richest people in the world.
Shortly afterwards, Musk tried to relativize the importance of the deal for Tesla. Among other things, he called it on Twitter “strange” that the news had moved the course, because Tesla had no demand problem, but could not ramp up production fast enough. Musk also emphasized that there would be no discount for Hertz.
Now Musk responded to a tweet in which he was thanked for the recent sharp rise in Tesla’s share price. “If any of this was triggered by Hertz, I would like to stress that no contract has been signed yet,” he wrote, affirming that the car rental company had to pay as much as consumers for the car.
If any of this is based on Hertz, I’d like to emphasize that no contract has been signed yet.
Tesla has far more demand than production, therefore we will only sell cars to Hertz for the same margin as to consumers.
Hertz deal has zero effect on our economics.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 2, 2021
Teslas for Uber drivers
A few days after the original announcement, Hertz had also added that by 2023 up to 50,000 Tesla cars should be rented to drivers who offer their services with the driver service provider Uber.
“I could imagine that Hertz would want to have some discounts at the beginning of the negotiations. But if Elon Musk agrees, Tesla would change its business model,” said German auto expert Stefan Bratzel of the German press agency. He was therefore not surprised that Musk refused discounts. (dpa / mer)
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