Are We Ready for Intelligent Cars (Yet)?

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“The idea of combining Tesla, an electric-car manufacturer, with SolarCity, which makes solar energy storage panels, makes no strategic sense.”

“Even if energy generation, storage and an auto powertrain are a seamless product, so-called vertical integration, in which one manufacturer makes all the components, was the old Henry Ford model and later, General Motors’. That approach has gone down in automotive history as a colossal failure.”

So, what will the Intelligent Car Company of the future look like?

A. Design-Oriented Network/Ecosystem

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Market Value (US$ M) per US Dollar of Physical Assets (March 31, 2015)

B. Visionary Leadership + “Flat” Culture

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Market Value Per Employee (US$ per employee — March, 2015)

C. Open Innovation and Inclusive Partnering

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R&D Spending (2014)

So, were the experts correct in concluding that the acquisition of SolarCity is a mistake?

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