On August 5, the White House scheduled an event with President Joe Biden and executives from electric vehicle manufacturers General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis. The event focuses on the administration's proposed changes and the development of electromobility in the United States. Tesla did not receive an invitation to the event, despite the fact that sales of its cars account for more than half of all EV sales in the country.
Tesla has always been distinguished by a unique approach to its work, manufacturing, products, sales, and customers. It was its differences that converted the company from an inconspicuous startup into the largest and most successful manufacturer of electric vehicles in the world. Electromobility is at the forefront of politics in many countries, thanks in part to Tesla's development of the sector to a large scale. While most countries in the world are happy to welcome Tesla and its arrival, the native U.S. seems to want to belittle the merits of the manufacturer.
On August 4, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that the White House will host a special event to celebrate the development of electric vehicles in the country. The event will be attended by executives from General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis, but not Tesla. In fact, the largest and most important EV producer in the world was excluded from participation. Tesla CEO Elon Musk also confirmed that the company had not received an invitation.
Yeah, seems odd that Tesla wasn’t invited— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 5, 2021
By itself, this situation is absurd and emphasizes the unfair attitude towards Tesla, along with the non-recognition of its merits in the development of U.S. electromobility. Tesla's car sales account for more than half of all sales in the EV sector, and the cars themselves are officially recognized as the most American-made in the U.S. The company already has three manufacturing plants in the country and is building a fourth.
However, the Biden administration makes the situation even more absurd. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told CNBC's Squawk Box when asked about Tesla that he didn’t know why the company wouldn’t appear at the White House. “I'm not sure,” he said, then tried to quickly switch to another topic.
“I'm not sure. But what I know is that you are seeing so many leaders in the industry. You got newer companies, and you got the legacy companies that are both saying that we’ve got to move in this direction. The industry structure obviously is complex, and part of what's exciting is to see some of the oldest, most traditional names in US auto manufacturing, and some of the newest companies on the scene, all acting in terms of the very core of their business to go electric.”
Come on @SecretaryPete, this is a very lame response. @tesla make up 54% of all US EV sales. You don’t think that @elonmusk or one of the team would’ve been the most valuable people to consult on this to help advise the wider industry? pic.twitter.com/X0H1Kossyi— Sam Kelly (@SamTwits) August 5, 2021
In addition to Ford, GM, and Stellantis, trade union United Auto Workers will also be present at the event. This hints that Tesla was excluded from participation only because the company is not a union member. Considering that workers choose their own place of work, and still choose to work for Tesla, despite the fact that there is no trade union, it is obvious that the working conditions and benefits for them there are no worse than those of other companies, and in many respects are even better. Be that as it may, such a step by the president is concerning and reflects poorly on the administration.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.