- Elon Musk met two White House officials to debate increasing US electric vehicle production.
- The Tesla CEO talked to Biden’s advisors about laws including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
- It comes after Musk criticized Biden for not recognizing Tesla’s contribution to EV production.
Elon Musk met two White House officials in Washington to debate how the US could ramp up its EV production.
The news was first reported by Reuters.
The Tesla CEO on Friday met President Joe Biden’s senior advisor for clean energy innovation, John Podesta, and Mitch Landrieu, who oversees investment in infrastructure, the White House said in a press briefing on Friday.
The meeting centered on how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act could advance electric vehicles, White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, said within the briefing.
Jean-Pierre also said: “The outreach and the meeting says lots of how necessary the President thinks the bipartisan infrastructure laws is.”
The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill was signed into law in November 2021. It was designed to fund improvements in transportation systems, clean energy, and infrastructure for EVs. Spending of $7.5 billion was allocated towards making a network of EV chargers across the US.
The meeting between Musk and Biden’s senior advisers comes despite a seemingly frosty relationship between the president and the Tesla chief. The pair have traded jabs since Biden took office in 2021.
Tesla was excluded from an EV summit on the White House in summer 2021. In response, Musk said on Twitter that it “seems odd Tesla wasn’t invited.” He hit out at Biden over the exclusion and said in a panel discussion in August: “(They) didn’t mention Tesla once and praised GM and Ford for leading the EV revolution. Does that sound perhaps a bit of biased?”
Biden praised GM and Ford in a January 2022 tweet for “constructing more electric vehicles here at home than ever before.” His failure to acknowledge Tesla’s contribution to EV production prompted Musk to reply: “Starts with a T Ends with an A ESL in the center.”
Around 40,000 Tesla fans signed a petition on Change.org in February calling for Biden to acknowledge Tesla’s leadership within the EV industry. They accused the Biden administration of “intentionally” ignoring Tesla’s work and said it was an “insult” to Tesla staff.
Insider contacted Tesla for comment but didn’t immediately receive a response.