He was speaking at the Financial Times Future of the Car 2022 event.
Go to the depths of the world
Tesla’s CEO said the company is open to buying a mining company if manufacturing its own metal supply for electric vehicles (EVs) helps accelerate global adoption of clean energy technology.
“It’s not out of the question,” Musk said. “We will face all the limits of accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. It’s not that we want to buy mining companies, but if that’s the only way to accelerate the transition, we will.”
Last year, Tesla produced just under 1 million electric vehicles.
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Other automakers and executives, including Carlos Tavares, CEO of Tesla rival Stellantis NV, have warned of a crisis in the supply of metals in the industry.
Musk against Trump’s ban
Musk called Twitter’s decision to ban the former US president Donald Trump from the “silly to the extreme” platform. He also said his indefinite ban should be lifted.
“Permanent bans fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter as a city square where everyone can express their opinion.”
Musk said at the event that banning the former US president from Twitter “didn’t put an end to Trump’s rumor.”
Even if the ban is lifted, Trump has said he will not return to Twitter. He launched his own social media company Social truth.
Shadow of uncertainty
Musk expressed some skepticism about the Twitter transaction at the event.
“I don’t own Twitter yet, so that’s not something that’s going to happen for sure,” Musk said, referring to his intention to restore Trump’s Twitter account. “What if I don’t own Twitter.
Musk agreed to purchase the social networking platform on April 25. Musk had secured $ 25.5 billion in debt and margin loan financing, as well as a $ 21 billion equity commitment, according to Twitter at the time.