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Tesla Suspiciously Absent From EV Meeting With White House

We have news of an EV meeting with auto makers Ford, GM, Stellantis, and the U.S. White House along with President Joe Biden. One auto maker is not invited that we know of. And that EV/auto maker is Tesla. Why wasn't Tesla invited to this event?


The White House, President Joe Biden, and other auto makers, such as Ford and GM, and Stellantis will discuss Electric Vehicles today. There is one auto maker that doesn't seem to be invited and we are wondering why. And that auto maker is Tesla.

What is Happening With EV's and the White House?

Today, August 5th, 2021, Joe Biden and the White House created an event for the executives of GM, Ford, and Stellantis to meet and discuss the progress with Electric Vehicles. Joe Biden and the White House want to discuss proposed changes and how the development of electric vehicles is progressing in the United States. But Tesla isn't included...

Why Wasn't Tesla Invited?

One of the biggest reasons people are saying that Tesla wasn't invited is because Tesla doesn't have any unions within its company. Ford, GM, and other auto makers do have unions. Others have wondered if Tesla being already 100% electric is causing them to be dismissed from this meeting about EV's. This would mean Tesla is doing so well that they don't need their "hand held" by the U.S. government to make progress on electric vehicles.

Still, others are saying that the reason for this meeting is to slow down the progress of electric vehicles in the United States, in order to give gas and oil companies more time to survive and try to come up with a strategy to transition.

Tesla makes up over 50% of all electric vehicle sales in the United States.

For me personally, I don't think Tesla needs to attend this event because there is no benefit to Tesla from attending. However, there would be great benefit to the other auto makers and the U.S. government to learn about how Tesla has successfully built its electric vehicle fleet and auto business.

What do you think about Tesla being left out of this meeting with the White House? Is it fair to Tesla? Or should Tesla be happy they aren't invited?

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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, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.


DeanMcManis (not verified)    August 6, 2021 - 4:43AM

I totally agree that Tesla is being ignored, and it is a problem. But looking back as little as a year ago, the future of EVs (including PHEVs) was horribly bleak. And seemingly doomed to failure, or at least limbo. I want to see Tesla rewarded for their innovations and commitment to BEVs. But with overall BEV sales still well under 10% country-wide, a LOT of focus and incentive needs to be applied to all of the legacy automakers who still make ALL of their profits off of gas powered vehicles. We need to push (and support) legacy automakers to move to EVs. And if that means including plug-in hybrids along with BEVs to get the whole number of plug-in/BEVs to 50% of new vehicle sales within the next decade, I am all for it. The previous administration showed that positive change can be stopped, and actively reversed. And getting all of the people who are currently on the fence about EVs moved over to supporting some kind of plug-in EV/BEV is a vital move towards it's success.

mark (not verified)    August 6, 2021 - 9:51PM

The reason that Tesla was not invited was nominally because it is not a union shop.
Another concern for the administration is that Tesla is seen a symbol of liberal arrogance and luxury.
Sure the Model 3 is an affordable EV but it competes against BMWs, Alfas and Porsche. Not Chevys, Fords and Toyotas. Cars seen as affordable vehicles for the working man.

Tesla could have shown a Model 3 or Y and you KNOW Fox would have commented that Biden was promoting subsidies for people buying $100+ cars and referencing a Model S or X price.

They just do not need that noise whenntrying to advance an agenda that WILL help Tesla while really helping the planet.

BobK (not verified)    October 8, 2021 - 1:25AM