Tesla, a California-based electric vehicle manufacturer, was absent from President Joe Biden’s White House announcement of a major push for zero-emission vehicles.
On Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that his company — which has been responsible for about 74% of electric-car sales in the US over the past three years — was not invited to the event.
The White House Electric Vehicle Summit was announced on Wednesday. The president was expected to deliver his views at 3 PM ET on Thursday. On Thursday morning, Biden said he will sign an executive offer setting the target to make 40℅ of all cars sold in 2030 zero-vehicle emissions.
The US electric vehicle summit featured big auto giants such as General Motors, Ford and Chrysler’s parent company Stellantis. Apart from Tesla, the event excluded Nissan Motor Co., Toyota Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk tweeted that his company was not invited to the summit.
Yeah, seems odd that Tesla wasn’t invited
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 5, 2021
Reporter David Shepardson asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki if Tesla employees were being banned from the event because they were not members of an automotive union. Jen Psaki told reporters the invited companies “are the three largest key players of the United Auto Workers. So I’ll let you draw your conclusion.”
Musk took this opportunity to express his views on the Democratic Party, their ties with the labour unions, and Tesla’s exclusion from the White House Electric Vehicle Summit due to the company’s alco of unionisation. “The general public is not aware of the degree to which unions control the Democratic Party. One does not need to speculate on this point”, Musk told the interviewers.