President Biden Finally Says Something Good About Tesla

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But is it too little, too late?

The Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y are all built in America by American workers. It'll be the same deal for the upcoming Cybertruck. But when President Biden talks about automakers keeping jobs and factories here in America, Tesla is always left out of the conversation. Elon Musk has been requesting the President acknowledge his company's role in US EV production and was met only with silence. Until now.

The President finally gave Tesla due credit earlier this week in a public address. "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," Biden said. So why did it take this long for Biden to acknowledge Tesla?

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Because, unlike the Detroit automakers, Tesla factory workers are not unionized. This has been a source of controversy for months as Biden aims to give union-made and American-built EVs an extra $4,500 tax incentive on top of the existing $7,500 credit. Detroit automakers immediately embraced the proposal. Tesla, along with Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, BMW, and Hyundai - all of whom have non-union line workers, have not. The way they see it, they're being unfairly punished despite the huge investments they're making in the country and their upcoming EV lineup overhauls.

To add insult to injury, Biden has publicly praised GM's EV efforts despite the fact it hardly sells any EVs right now. Tesla, on the other hand, is the world's most valuable automaker and sells nothing but EVs.

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Following one meeting Biden had with GM CEO Mary Barra last month, Musk tweeted "Starts with a T/Ends with an A/ESL in the middle." He then referred to Biden as a "damp sock puppet." Last year, Musk claimed labor unions are controlling Biden's EV agenda. He previously criticized Biden for not being invited to any White House meetings. Biden's semi about-face seems to be an olive branch of sorts, though there's still been no White House invite for Musk.

Whatever you think of Musk, he's calling out blatant hypocrisy. Tesla single-handedly began this whole EV revolution back in 2008 when the first-generation Roadster debuted. Things really kicked into high gear in 2012 when the Model S arrived. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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