Twitter's Billion Dollar Argument: Elon Musk and Daimler Engage in a Public Spat Over Electric Vehicles
Twitter had a field day when Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Mercedes-Benz' parent company Daimler engaged in a public spat over the latter's investment in electric vehicles.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Image used for representational purpose. (Photo: Reuters)
That's not a lot of money for a giant like Daimler/Mercedes. Wish they'd do more. Off by a zero.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 24, 2017
Mercedes’ parent company Daimler was quick with a comeback tweet having facts and figures. The tweet wasn’t a reply, but a standalone tweet with a direct mention to Elon Musk saying that he’s right about the missing zero and they are investing over $10 billion in their next generation of electric vehicles (EVs) and over $1 billion in battery production.
To this, all Elon Musk responded was with ‘Good.’
Good— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 25, 2017
Daimler did not stop there as it took on some users who sided with Elon Musk.
the smart was the first #EV in mass-production since 2007. We are working on Evs for over 100 years and we believe in it's potential— Daimler AG (@Daimler) September 26, 2017
And when Twitter user Suryansh Pathak mentioned that ‘How Elon's one tweet made Daimler bleed > $10 B.’, Daimler had something to say about it too.
I am sorry but we've announced this investment back in 2016— Daimler AG (@Daimler) September 26, 2017
The matter didn’t die down there as based on these exchange of tweets, Jalopnik did a story saying that Elon Musk didn’t actually make Daimler invest $10 billion in electric vehicles overnight. This story was shared by Twitter user Dean Kawamura stating the same, to which Elon Musk responded ‘Yes, I did’.
Yes, I did :)— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 2017
This has left everyone guessing as to in what manner did Musk say that. It could just be a simple joke or perhaps, a reference to how his company Tesla has changed the game when it comes to electric vehicles. Maybe, that’s for the readers to guess.
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