Pete Buttigieg credits Elon Musk’s Tesla for sparking the US electric vehicle revolution after several insults

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg praised Elon Musk’s Tesla for sparking the electric vehicle revolution in the United States: the first time the Biden administration has spoken of the automaker in these terms.

In a recent interview, Buttigieg said Tesla is the largest electric vehicle manufacturer in the country and appeared to be walking a fine line in an attempt to avoid favoring one company over another, despite previous White House statements and the actions that were most explicit in snubbing Tesla.

‘Look, we are … as regulators, we call balls and strikes. And we regulate to make sure they comply with the laws. We do not support one company rather than another. Tesla is the largest electric vehicle manufacturer in the country, “the transportation secretary told Yahoo! Financial Interview.

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Tesla is the largest electric vehicle manufacturer in the country, “Pete Buttigieg, US Transportation Secretary, told Yahoo!

When a Twitter user shared a story about interviewing Tesla CEO Elon Musk - who previously complained of being snubbed by the White House - he responded with

When a Twitter user shared a story about an interview with Tesla CEO Elon Musk – who previously complained of being snubbed by the White House – he responded with “cool”

“They have played a tremendous role in driving the electric vehicle revolution. There are many companies that are doing an extraordinary job.”

Musk responded with “cool” when a Twitter user tagged him in a story about Buttigieg’s comments.

When President Biden called on automakers to promote electric vehicles for an event in August 2021, Tesla was not included and analysts at the time noted that the event – to celebrate an executive order focused on increasing the electric car manufacturing – was centered around unionized companies. Organized labor is not a factor in Tesla’s factories.

At the time, sources told CNBC that Musk had not been invited to any meetings with other company leaders in the electric vehicle industry. because Biden’s advisors fear the eccentric executive will say something that could embarrass the president or the administration.

However, Musk said that if he ever was invited to the White House, Biden “has nothing to worry about. I would do the right thing.”

Biden further inflamed the situation in November when he said GM CEO Mary Barra had “electrified the entire auto industry,” something that runs counter to the reality of Tesla’s leadership in the electric vehicle space.

During Biden’s State of the Union, he specifically praised General Motors and Ford for their production of electric vehicles and didn’t mention Tesla at all.

When President Biden called on automakers to promote electric vehicles for an event in August 2021, Tesla was not included and Musk, seen above, took note.

When President Biden called on automakers to promote electric vehicles for an event in August 2021, Tesla was not included and Musk, seen above, took note.

Biden mentioned GM and Ford in his State of the Union address this year, showing their job creation, without explicitly mentioning Tesla.

Biden mentioned GM and Ford in his State of the Union address this year, showing their job creation, without explicitly mentioning Tesla.

Musk responded to Biden's claims on Twitter by stating that Tesla is investing a lot more in electric vehicle manufacturing in America and has hired more workers here.

Musk responded to Biden’s claims on Twitter by stating that Tesla is investing a lot more in electric vehicle manufacturing in America and has hired more workers here.

“Ford is investing $ 11 billion to build electric vehicles, creating 11,000 jobs across the country. GM is making the largest investment in its history: $ 7 billion to build electric vehicles, creating 4,000 jobs in Michigan. “the president’s Twitter account said Tuesday evening after his speech.

Musk responded by saying that “no one was looking” at the address and replied on Twitter.

“Tesla has created over 50,000 jobs in the United States building electric vehicles and is investing more than twice as much as GM + Ford combined. [fyi to person controlling this twitter]’Tesla CEO tweeted.

Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, as well as its factories in Nevada and Texas, are ramping up production as the company recovers from the supply chain chaos caused by Covid and commodity inflation that has had a impact on its ability to access batteries.

Musk said last week that he hopes to bring Giga Texas to the point of producing 1,000 cars a week in the coming months, a milestone the Berlin factory reached in June. The tech company celebrated the production of its 2 millionth vehicle in July.

“Congratulations to Tesla Fremont + Giga Nevada for making their 2 millionth car!” the billionaire wrote on Twitter at the time.

‘To think that Fremont was just an abandoned building and Giga Nevada was just rocks and bushes when it started!

‘California had a dozen auto factories. NUMMI was the last to close. Now, Tesla Fremont is the largest automobile factory in North America! ‘

The latest news comes as Tesla plans to expand the Gigafactory Texas general assembly area by 500,000 square feet, as revealed in a permit filed by the automaker with the city of Austin, Texas, and reported by CleanTechnica.

Tesla's factory in Fremont, California, as well as its factories in Nevada and Texas, are ramping up production as the company recovers from the supply chain chaos.  In an aerial view, Tesla cars are parked in a parking lot at the Tesla plant in Fremont, California

Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, as well as its factories in Nevada and Texas, are ramping up production as the company recovers from the supply chain chaos. In an aerial view, Tesla cars are parked in a parking lot at the Tesla plant in Fremont, California