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Tesla 20 years on: EV leader's rise sparked by Toyota partnership

Japanese automaker now turns to Musk's company for production expertise

In this November 2010 photo, Toyota President Akio Toyoda, right, shakes hands with Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk during a news conference in Tokyo.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Founded 20 years ago, Tesla's path to becoming the top electric vehicle manufacturer was paved through a 2010 partnership with Toyota.

The tie-up was dissolved several years later, but Tesla, which marked the 20th anniversary of its founding on Saturday, secured its first factory from Toyota as well as mass production know-how. Now, 13 years later, Toyota is turning to Tesla for manufacturing expertise.

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