Tesla founder Elon Musk indicated that Apple Inc. was offered an opportunity to buy the electric carmaker in 2018.
Referring to a Twitter discussion on a Reuters report that Apple is considering launching a self-driving electric car with 'next level' battery technology, Musk said he reached out to Apple during the "darkest days" of development of Model 3 to talk about a potential deal. Musk suggested that he wanted to discuss the possibility of selling Tesla to Apple for one-tenth of its current value, (i.e. about $60 billion.). Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to take the meeting at the time, according to Musk.
Musk called the Apple electric car report as "strange, if true”.