It's been a great run for Tesla Motors these last few months.
CEO Elon Musk even dropped hints that it might be working with Google on self-driving car technology.
But Green Car Reports argues that Tesla is unlikely to remain independent in the long term.
Instead, the two carmakers that already own stakes in Tesla are by far the front-runners to take over the company--or at least expand the joint product development deals each has used to engineer low-volume electric compliance cars to meet California zero-emission vehicle requirements.
Those companies are Daimler, which makes Mercedes-Benz and Smart cars, and Toyota.
Green Car Reports suggests that Ford, not currently a believer in electric cars, might be a logical acquirer for Tesla as well.
What do you think? Can Tesla stay independent while it grows, or is it bound to be bought up by some large global automaker?
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