SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Tesla very nearly became a part of Google when the electric car company was cash-strapped and on the verge of bankruptcy, according to a published report.

Bloomberg reported that Tesla CEO Elon Musk presented Google co-founder Larry Page with a deal for Google to buy Tesla outright for $6 billion when including a big premium over Tesla’s value at the time.

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Tesla was struggling at the time with Model S issues, but soon the car’s sales improved and Musk ended the talks as Tesla was able to repay its loan from the government.

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Google can only wonder what could’ve been as Tesla is now valued at about $26 billion dollars, while Google continues to develop its own self-driving technology, with hopes of bringing a car to market by 2020.

It’s been reported in the past year that Apple may be interested in buying Tesla as well.

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