Elon Musk’s Tesla helped make EVs ‘possible in America’


Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday recognized Tesla as a pioneer of electric vehicle manufacturing in the U.S.

“We admire the range of American companies that have innovated, including Tesla, which did so much to make EVs possible in America,” Buttigieg said in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” 

“Now it’s mainstream. Earlier on, at a time when U.S. policy with tax credits was supporting companies like Tesla, that wasn’t viewed as such a sure bet,” he added.

Buttigieg’s acknowledgment of that role in U.S. innovation comes a day after President Joe Biden publicly spoke about Tesla for the first time in his presidency, calling the California-based company “our nation’s…


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