Elon Musk considered selling Tesla to Google: report

April 20, 2015 1:04 PM

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Elon Musk negotiated a sale of Tesla to Google and shook hands on the talks, but a deal never came together in the end, according to a new book about the Tesla CEO.

Orders for Tesla Model S swooned in early 2013, as word of mouth spread that the electric cars were glitchy and not ready to compete with other luxury brands. Tesla (TSLA) had just two weeks worth of cash left, it had shut down its factory, and the company was in dire need of a bailout.

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