President Joe Biden publicly acknowledged Tesla for the first time in his presidency on Tuesday, noting the company’s status as the nation’s largest producer of electric vehicles.
Biden’s mention of Tesla came during a speech to promote American companies expanding the nation’s EV infrastructure. It was sandwiched between shout-outs to legacy automakers General Motors and Ford Motor, as well as smaller EV companies Rivian Automotive and Proterra.
Biden had avoided mentioning the company so far as president, a decision White House aides say is driven by his perception that Tesla is anti-union.
The mention also comes after Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has spent months heavily criticizing,…