On Tuesday, Elon Musk issued a rapid-fire fact check on Joe Biden’s claim that Ford and General Motors are the leading industrial investors in electric vehicle technology.
Biden focused his speech on the “revitalization of American manufacturing” in pointing out how some major corporations are bringing offshore manufacturing back home in recent years. Biden highlighted Ford and GM’s commitments to building electric vehicles in the US.
Biden said Ford is investing $11 billion in electric vehicle production, creating 11,000 American jobs, while GM is investing $7 billion and creating 4,000 Michigan jobs. Biden’s official Twitter account posted the statements. Musk responded by saying his company, Tesla, has “created over 50,000 American jobs” and has invested “more than double” what Ford and GM have combined.
Tesla is currently the most productive North American auto manufacturer, producing a weekly average of 8,550 vehicles each week at its plant in Fremont, California. Tesla’s stock price has increased by more than 35 percent over the last 12 months.
Biden’s rejection of Tesla on Tuesday was not the first time he has done so in favor of other domestic producers. In August, the White House hosted an “electric vehicle summit” inviting GM, Ford and Chrysler but not Tesla. Press Secretary Jen Psaki implied that Tesla was not invited because of its non-union workforce when asked about the snub. The United Auto Workers Union was invited as a critical participant in the summit.
At the time, Musk said his company was left out because the Biden administration is “controlled by unions.” He noted Biden “didn’t mention Tesla once” during the summit while claiming Ford and GM were “leading the EV revolution.”
Musk also criticized the administration’s bias last month by saying it has “falsely stated to the public” that the EV industry leader is General Motors. He added that Tesla produced more than 300,000 electric vehicles in the past quarter while GM produced only 26 in the same period.