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Elon Musk says "it's possible" he might buy the closing GM factories


WASHINGTON (Circa) — Elon Musk told "60 Minutes" that it was "possibility" he might purchase the closing General Motors factories for Tesla.

General Motors announced in November that they planned to close five plants in North America as it continues to reshape its 2019 business plan. Lesley Stahl brought up the topic to Elon Musk, who nodded enthusiastically when asked if he would consider purchasing those closed plants.

Musk also celebrated GM's announcement that they would start diverting resources to building electric cars, despite the competition.

"The whole point of Tesla is to accelerate the advent of electric vehicles… sustainable transport and trying to help the environment," Musk said. "It's the most serious problem that humanity faces."

In fact, he doesn't mind if GM uses Tesla's plans to make their version. He told Stahl that the Tesla electric car patents are open-sourced, meaning GM (or anyone) could use them to develop their product.

"If somebody comes and makes a better electric car than Tesla and it's so much better than ours that we can't sell our cars and we go bankrupt, I still think that's a good thing for the world," Musk said.

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