Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday that US President Joe Biden’s administration was not the friendliest and that its electric vehicle policy is governed by labor unions.
Speaking at a tech conference in California, Musk was critical of a White House summit on electric vehicles in August, which invited automakers other than Tesla.
“(He) didn’t mention Tesla once and praised GM and Ford for leading the EV revolution. Does that sound maybe a little biased?, Musk said during a panel discussion at the Code conference in Beverly Hills.
“Not the most friendly administration, is controlled by unions,” he said.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In August Biden signed an executive order aimed at making half of all new vehicles sold electric in 2030, and it was joined by executives from General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Stelantis.
The so-called Big Three US automakers are the United Auto Workers (UAW) labor union’s largest employers, accounting for about 150,000 members.
Asked in August whether the White House did not invite Musk because Tesla employees are not unionized, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said: “I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.”
Democrats in the US House of Representatives have proposed an additional $4,500 tax incentive to union-built, US-made electric vehicles, leading to a tussle between Tesla and Toyota Motor Corp and UAW-affiliated automakers in Detroit on the one hand. has occurred. other.
The proposal will increase the maximum tax credit for these electric vehicles from the current $7,500 to $12,500.
Responding to Musk’s comments, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada wrote Twitter That he might stop crying: “Good leaders are not afraid of smart workers but embrace them!”
by Tina Bellone and David Shepardson
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times