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Why did Elon Musk advise Joe Biden to buy a Tesla?

In the speech, Biden touted the combined $18 billion investments by Ford and GM to build electric vehicles, while Tesla was not mentioned in Biden's address to the nation. Musk commented that no one was watching Biden when the President did not mention Tesla during his State of the Union speech.

Saumya Nigam Edited By: Saumya Nigam @snigam04 Noida Updated on: December 05, 2022 16:33 IST
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Elon Musk reportedly advised Joe Biden to buy a Tesla, when the US President revealed his plans to build 5 lakh electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Biden has recently announced the release of the first round of funding for a nationwide EV charging network, financing the construction of stations in 35 states.

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He posted on Twitter saying: "We're building 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the country. The great American road trip will be fully electrified." 

To this post, Musk replied: "Or you can just buy a Tesla".

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In response to Musk’s tweet, Biden commented from his @POTUS account: "You hired me to get things done - I hope I'm making you proud."

To which, Musk replied back: "I kinda like this post tbh (to be honest)".

Musk commented that no one was watching Biden when the President did not mention Tesla during his State of the Union speech, earlier this year.

Musk told CNBC: "Nobody is watching the State of the Union".

In the speech, Biden touted the combined $18 billion investments by Ford and GM to build electric vehicles, while Tesla was not mentioned in Biden's address to the nation.

Musk later tweeted directly to Biden, saying "Tesla has created over 50,000 US jobs building electric vehicles and is investing more than double GM + Ford combined".

Biden "is treating the American public like fools" the Tesla CEO had said.

However, in his first-ever public acknowledgement of Musk-run Tesla's contribution to the world of EVs, Biden had said in February that the country is building a reliable national public charging network to counter the Chinese challenge in the EV market.

"From iconic companies like GM and Ford building out new electric vehicle production to Tesla, our nation's largest electric vehicle manufacturer, to innovative younger companies, manufacturing is coming back to America after decades," Joe Biden said.

Inputs from IANS

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