Biden notes Tesla is the country’s ‘largest electric-vehicle manufacturer’ after Elon Musk called him a ‘damp sock puppet in human form’

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday called Tesla the country’s “largest electric-vehicle manufacturer” after facing repeated calls to acknowledge the company as a leader in the automotive and clean-energy industries.

During a speech focused on boosting domestic electric-vehicle manufacturing, Biden spoke of Tesla’s influence on the industry — a departure from his usual praise for legacy automakers like Ford and General Motors.

The president said over $200 billion in manufacturing investments had been greenlighted by companies since last year. He also announced the Australian company Tritium would construct a plant in Tennessee and produce up to 30,000 electric-vehicle chargers annually.

“Since 2021, companies have announced investments totaling more than $200 billion in domestic manufacturing here in America,” he said. “From iconic companies like GM and Ford building out new electric-vehicle production to Tesla, our nation’s largest electric-vehicle manufacturer, to innovative, younger companies like Rivian building electric trucks or Proterra building electric buses.”

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