President Biden finally acknowledges Tesla as the “nation’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer”
Last week, we wrote about Tesla after Elon Musk’s tweet went viral in Times Square. The ad was paid for by some of Musk’s fans. It all started in May 2021 when President Joe Biden visited the Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan plant to celebrate American-made electric muscle cars.
But Tesla was notably absent from Biden’s celebration, and the snub did not go unnoticed by CEO Elon Musk. Musk tweeted, “Yeah, seems odd that Tesla wasn’t invited.” The feud between Musk and Biden has been going on for at least a year.
Although Tesla is the most popular and the largest automaker by market value, Biden refused to acknowledge that Tesla is leading the electrification of the auto industry in the United States. Then in January, Elon Musk and Tesla fans decided to ramp up the pressure to get Biden to recognize Tesla and Musk. Almost 50,000 Tesla supporters have signed a petition.
The ad and the petition appear to have worked. Today, Biden acknowledged Tesla as the nation’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer! In an event at the White House, President Biden said:
“From iconic companies, like GM and Ford building out new electric vehicle production, to Tesla, our nation largest electric vehicle manufacturer.”
Elon Musk’s fan Sawyer Merritt later shared the video on Twitter. Musk later responded to the tweet with an emoji smiling face with sunglasses.
The Times Square billboard sighting was first posted on Twitter by Musk’s friend Pranay Pathole.
.@elonmusk 's tweet at Times Square. Say the name @POTUS pic.twitter.com/KynDdorsgu
— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) February 3, 2022