He’s an early pioneer and they are a latecomer to the market. jalopnik Martin Eberhard, one of the key figures in bringing back the electric car, is consulting with Volkswagen Group on its electric cars, according to various sources. Can't confirm it, but figured you might want to know. Greentech Media: Rumor: Tesla Co-Founder Eberhard Working with VW CAUTION. This is an unconfirmed rumor. CAUTION.