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Why is the Biden Administration So Afraid of Tesla?

The largest EV producer and an American country was given the cold shoulder by the Biden Administration

The Biden administration is so enthusiastic about transitioning to green vehicles that it hosed an EV-themed event to announce that it want’s 50-percent of new vehicle sales by 2030 to be battery-electric, PHEV, or hydrogen-powered vehicles. General Motors was there, Ford was there, and even Stellantis had a representative at the party. Who wasn’t there? Elon Musk or a single person related to Tesla. But why would the Biden administration snub the only American automaker who’s lineup is 100-percent electric?

Tesla Snubbed By the White House During its EV-Themed Event

General Motors and Ford are certainly trying to make a shift to electrification, but even if you combine the two, they don’t come close to the dent Tesla has made when it comes to electrification. It would only make sense for Tesla to be there, yet – according to Elon Musk himself – Tesla wasn’t even invited.

So, once again, America’s largest full-scale EV producer was snubbed, and what it boils down to is money. How does it boil down to money? Well, Tesla isn’t a part of the UAW which, as you know, makes contributions to politics in one way or another. When asked about Tesla’s absence, press secretary, Jen Psaki, said,

“Today, it's the three largest employers of the United Auto Workers, and the UAW president who will stand with President Biden as he announces his ambitious new target”

When Tesla’s absence was brought up yet again, the response was even more direct:

“Well, these are the three largest employers of the United Auto Workers, so I'll let you draw your own conclusions”

So, in other words, and the way I see it, Tesla wasn’t invited because it wasn’t part of the circle jerk that is the UAW and Biden Administration. Secretary Pete couldn’t even give an honest answer, saying “I’m not sure. What I know is that you are seeing so many leaders in the industry.”

But wait, it gets worse. Bill Ford, the Executive Chair of Ford Motor Company (so, essentially Ford itself) had the new to say that “Ford is leading the electric revolution.”

I don’t think I stand alone when I say that one new EV – the Mach-E, which is built in Mexico, by the way – and the concept that is the Ford F-150 Lightning does anything in terms of leading when you have companies like Tesla – an American company – that has sold way, way more EVs than Ford. In fact, Audi, BMW, Nissan, and even GM (yes, really GM) has sold more EVs than Ford. Sorry, Ford, but you’re not leading a damn thing.

In the end, Tesla was left out so that company’s like Ford, GM, and Stellantis can pretend to be major leaders in a segment that they barely exist in. The numbers speak for themselves, and as best I can tell, it’s because Tesla doesn’t buy into the political side of things or suck and the tit of the Biden administration every chance it gets. That’s why the Biden Administration snubbed Tesla, and that’s why it’s like pulling teeth to get anyone in the white house to even say the word “Tesla.”

Robert Moore
Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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