For the moment absent in the light commercial vehicle segment, Tesla could soon launch a first offer. At least that is what a German deputy is proposing who proposes to the Californian group to buy the small manufacturer StreetScooter.
Launched in 2010 at a time when electric utilities could be counted on the finger of one hand, the StreetScooter has been very successful in Germany where some 15,000 copies have been sold since launch. Owned by Deutsche Post DHL, the company has been looking for a buyer for two years. A subject that Oliver Krischer picked up on. A member of the Greens in the Bundestag, the German parliament, he personally wrote to Elon Musk asking him to buy the manufacturer and continue production under the leadership of Tesla.
A large potential
According to Oliver Krisher, the StreetScooter has great commercial potential, especially in metropolises which are more and more likely to reserve access to their city centers to clean vehicles only.
Designed on a modular platform, the StreetScooter utility is capable of carrying between 30 and 90 kWh of battery. Enough to guarantee between 80 and 200 km of autonomy in a single charge.
It remains to be seen whether Tesla and Elon Musk will be sensitive to the brand’s arguments.
If the idea of an electric utility signed Tesla seems attractive and relevant to create an intermediate product to the Semi, the takeover of StreetScooter by the Californian group seems unlikely to me.
With the Cybertruck, the Semi, the new Roadster and the industrialization of the Model Y in Europe, the automaker’s agenda is already full. Going into the utility would undoubtedly be too dispersed. Above all, StreetScooter has little to offer Tesla. The brand is only known today in Germany and may find it difficult to cope with the offensives that are about to be launched by historic manufacturers in the electric utility segment.