May 25, 2022

a summit on the electric car at the White House… without Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revolutionized the electric car when all manufacturers abandoned it at the turn of the century. He took over – for a bite of bread -, during the great financial crisis, a factory in the Bay of San Francisco abandoned by Toyota and General Motors. He has built a massive electric battery plant in Nevada and is completing a new Tesla assembly site in Texas.

Tesla produces American products and still occupies half of the domestic electric vehicle market. And yet, his boss was not present during the great raout organized by Joe Biden, Thursday, August 5, on the lawns of the White House. The president signed a decree there setting the goal of producing 40% to 50% of electric or hybrid vehicles in the United States by 2030. But without the market leader. “Yeah, it’s weird that Tesla wasn’t invited”Elon Musk tweeted in the morning.

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When asked on CNBC, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was confused: “There are so many leaders in this industry, there are new companies, there are historic companies that we all need to move in this direction. ” Mr Buttigieg also explained that the electric revolution is about the whole market, and he does not want to give the impression that it is a luxury product.

« Le futur sera made in America »

On the lawn of the White House, electric vehicles Ford, General Motors or Jeep, a subsidiary of Chrysler. But no Tesla. During the ceremony, the name of the market leader was never mentioned. It was the day of “Big Three” of Detroit, the three American manufacturers, and the UAW (United Auto Workers) automobile union. Joe Biden was thus introduced by union president in Detroit Bernie Ricke: “We support you and you support us. ” And the latter to recall that Joe Biden and the UAW have worked together since its inception.

Joe Biden was delighted to have in his presence the bosses of “Big Three” (Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, absorbed by Stellantis, all three unionized, unlike Tesla) and considered that “The middle class made this country and the middle class was made by the unions”.

The Democratic president wants to allow Detroit to catch up with China.
“We are competing with China and many other countries for the XXIe century. To win, we’ll have to make sure the future is made in America. “ In the morning he had tweeted : “The future of the automotive industry is electric… and made in the United States. “

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