Biden Administration Ready to Talk to Tesla About Chip Shortage
According to Bloomberg reports, Joe Biden's Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo says she is ready to consult Elon Musk on how to better handle the chip and supply chain shortages that are plaguing the auto industry. This may come as a surprise to many who see no mention of Elon Musk from Joe Biden or any of his constituents.
Biden's administration - or rather, those in the Biden administration have expressed a desire to consult with Elon Musk in how to resolve the chip shortage that is still happening. This is great, but the fact that there is still no public acknowledgement of Tesla and Tesla's ability to handle the chip shortage is discouraging. The administration can ask for help, but is still publicly silent about Tesla and its leadership.
There are certainly tensions over President Biden and his administration publicly ignoring Tesla and Elon Musk and avoiding mentioning anything about Tesla's leadership or progress in EVs. There's been very clear and concise Tweets from Elon Musk on Twitter directly to President Biden. The most famous being:
Starts with a TEnds with an AESL in the middle— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2022
When you look at the numbers, Tesla is clearly the leader in EVs - this is reality and the truth. When you hear public statements from President Biden and CEO of GM, Mary Barra, talking about how GM is leading the EV revolution, it just isn't so. It doesn't mean GM can't produce EVs and succeed at it. It just means they aren't leading right now and the numbers show it. GM produced 26 EVs in Q4, 2021.
Will the President and His Administration Acknowledge Tesla?
Tesla is the top selling EV brand in the US and around the world. Tesla is an American company and its cars are all made right here in the United States. Nothing can be more American than doing that.
Those in the Biden administration are looking to consult Elon Musk and Tesla and they should. The entire world continues to face supply chain challenges and a shortage of components. The most important component is semiconductors. Without an abundance of those, there will be struggles to match the production needed to keep up with EV demand.
Tesla has found a way to navigate the chip and supply chain shortages - that knowledge would be incredibly helpful to all companies trying to make EVs to sell. Tesla has shown innovation and leadership in being able to continue to ramp production above 50% even with the supply chain challenges. Ignoring Tesla is akin to ignoring a fountain of youth that you could drink from and revitalize yourself.
There was a very recent interview with Sara Eisen and Brian Deesenec with CNBC and Sara repeatedly asked about Elon Musk and Tesla and why the White House couldn't mention Tesla and their leadership. The response was always a deflection and focused on the UAW (United Auto Workers) association and GM, Ford, and those companies who have unions and supporting those people.
I'm not sure President Biden will every acknowledge Tesla - not until it's too late anyway. But perhaps a future U.S. President will.
I expect as time goes on, that companies like GM and Ford are going to need help, even if they don't think it right now. They have huge gas car businesses and transitioning away from those isn't going to be easy.
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.