Tesla electric cars can now be bought with Bitcoins: Elon Musk

Elon Musk on Wednesday announced that Tesla Inc. will start accepting the world’s largest cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) as payment for its electric cars.Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been a vocal supporter of Bitcoin.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Written By : Prashant Singh
| Updated on: 25 Mar 2021, 08:50 AM
Elon Musk can be seen promoting cryptocurrencies through his Twitter account. (AFP)
Elon Musk can be seen promoting cryptocurrencies through his Twitter account. (AFP)
Elon Musk can be seen promoting cryptocurrencies through his Twitter account. (AFP)
Elon Musk can be seen promoting cryptocurrencies through his Twitter account.

Elon Musk stunned the world with his audacious bet on Bitcoin earlier this year and now, the Tesla CEO has announced that the company will start accepting the world’s largest electronic currency (cryptocurrency) as payment for its electric cars.

(Also Read: Musk says Tesla would be shut down if its cars spied in China, elsewhere)

Musk on Wednesday took to Twitter for the latest announcement regarding the new form of payment for Tesla cars. He tweeted, “you can now buy a Tesla with Bitcoin". Musk also informed that Bitcoin payment will also be made available for customers outside the US. Tesla will only use internal and open-source software for the payment. Also, Bitcoins paid to the company will not be converted to fiat currency, Musk announced.

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Tesla in February'21 disclosed a $1.5 billion investment in Bitcoin. Such a huge amount of investment hinted in advance towards the EV maker's intent to begin accepting the cryptocurrency as a form of payment. The company has also updated its investment policies in January this year to allow it to buy digital assets.

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Musk can be seen promoting cryptocurrencies more often these days through his Twitter account. The Tesla CEO has also criticized conventional cash in the past, saying when it "has negative real interest, only a fool wouldn't look elsewhere."

Following Tesla's investment in bitcoin, several companies such as Uber Technologies Inc and Twitter Inc had shared their views on the cryptocurrency. Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said the company discussed and "quickly dismissed" the idea of Bitcoin investment. At the same time, Khosrowshahi added that Uber could potentially accept Bitcoins as a form of payment.

(Also Read: When Tesla boss met Amazon CEO to talk about space)

The EV maker has recently added "Technoking of Tesla" to Musk's list of official titles.

(With Agency Inputs)

First Published Date: 24 Mar 2021, 14:13 PM IST
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