The consumer electronics giants should ignore rumors this week that it is about to snap up the electric car manufacturerThe media has been ablaze this week with speculation that Apple Inc. ( AAPL) might buyout the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc ( TSLA). In many ways, this would seem to be a natural fit for the consumer electronics giant. Tesla produces the kind of cutting edge technology with which Apple is associated, it has a certain cachet which would appeal to Apple, the company has always fancied itself as having green and sustainable credentials, and the electric car market is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years. Sign up for our free daily newsletter. Apple, Tesla comparison Obviously there are also contrasts between the two companies. Apple is rated as the largest corporation on the planet by Forbes magazine in terms of market value, while Tesla is a new and relatively small carmaker by comparison. But Apple has been seeking out acquisitions owing to the amount of cash it currently has on its books, and the idea of branching out into another field could appeal to the Apple hierarchy. However, although technology writers and financial pundits may love to see the two companies effectively merge, there are very compelling reasons why Apple shouldn’t touch Tesla with a bargepole. Not because the company has no future, but due to the fact that it just isn’t a good fit for Apple, and indeed may never be. Manufacturing issues The first problem for Apple with this purchase would be in the manufacturing itself. Apple has of course made its name as a very successful manufacturer of consumer electronic devices, and in that sense if the situation isn’t considered in depth then it might appear that taking over Tesla's manufacturing operation would pose no particular problem. After all, Apple is a massive electronics giant, and they would merely be subsuming a minor auto manufacturer, right? Well, without meaning to pour scorn on the iPhone, which is undoubtedly an extremely sophisticated and high-quality smartphone, knocking out a mobile phone is rather different to producing a top quality motor vehicle. The latter of the two products is almost infinitely more complex to produce, and the problems and issues that one can encounter when producing a motor-vehicle simply dwarfs anything that Apple has experienced with the iPhone.