Jalopnik carries today the revelation that in the Tesla/Toyota agreement, there is no “formal deal with Toyota to build a new electric vehicle yet.” Let’s overlook for a second that the report is nearly verbatim lifted from Venturebeat. If Jalopnik would have read our story about Toyota and Tesla, they could have printed the above a week earlier. Last Friday, we wrote that there are no deals yet about building a new electric vehicle, neither formal nor informal : “According to sources at Toyota, any speculations about future cars are just that, speculations. Between the test drive of the roadster, and yesterday’s announcement were just a few weeks, barely enough time in the corporate world to process a purchase order for a load of hanging file folders. Any cars or technologies will be jointly bred by a team of Toyota and Tesla engineers.”
We didn’t need to wait for a revised S-1 filing, which Venture beat unearthed. We simply called up Toyota HQ and asked. They are quite nice at Toyota if you ask nicely. They even return phone calls. When we talked to them, they actually went to great pains explaining that any speculations about future cars are premature.
Apart from that, thank you, Jalopnik for sending all that traffic over to us. It helped making an obscure story about crash test dummies 4.0 today’s most read article, with the slimmest of leads over Ed’s great review of the 2011 Buick Regal Turbo. Ed got those readers all by himself, without the help of Jalopnik.