Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess on Monday sought to calm speculation that the world’s largest carmaker plans to develop a deeper relationship with electric car rival Tesla. Dees met with visiting Tesla CEO Elon Musk at his plant in Braunschweig, Germany, last week and asked him to test drive the company’s new ID.3 electric car.
It was later reported that Tesla had reached an “alliance” with VW in the field of electrification, driven by the two CEOs.
But Dees posted a video of him and Musk driving ID.3 at an airport on his Linkedin page on Monday, writing: “To be clear: we just tested ID.3 and had a chat – no deal or collaboration is in the pipeline.” “
Dees added: “Thank you for your visit, Elon! I hope you enjoy this video. Driving ID.3 with you is great! You are very picky about providing available torque at higher speeds. But I said to you, ‘Yes, we’re on the runway, but we don’t need to take off, it’s not a sports car. “