Bitcoin (BTC) and Tesla: The comeback?
Recently, the twittersphere was ablaze with rumours of a possible return of Bitcoin to Tesla’s payment system. Supported by a photo of the source code, some observers speculated that the electric car manufacturer might be revising its stance on cryptocurrencies. Would Elon Musk’s company once again accept BTC? Let’s find out.
Bitcoin removed from Tesla’s source code
Last year, Tesla suffered enormously from the bitcoin price. The bear market of 2022 cost it a total net loss of $140 million. The electric car manufacturer had to back away from BTC payments and had even disposed of a large part of its crypto holdings.
According to U°Today, Tesla has completely renounced bitcoin payments for its products and services. For the source code of its dedicated payment page no longer bears any sign of the queen of cryptocurrencies. Only dogecoin appears.
As stated in this tweet, Bitcoin and Dogecoin have been integrated into the source code of Tesla’s payment page since January 2023. In other words, Elon Musk’s company has never removed BTC from this interface despite stopping the receipt of cryptocurrency payments.
DOGE, meanwhile, has not suffered any mining. Proof that the boss is still a big fan of the memecoin despite the instability of his opinions on cryptocurrencies.
An adventure begun in 2021
Bitcoin and Tesla met two years ago. In 2021, the electric car manufacturer invested $1.5 billion in BTC.
This was followed by the acceptance of the cryptocurrency as a means of payment for its Tesla Cybertruck, Model 3/S/X/Y, etc. But Musk had to backtrack due to environmental concerns.
In the second quarter of 2022, Tesla sold around 75% of its BTC holdings out of concern for the company’s overall liquidity.
“As of the end of Q2, we have converted approximately 75% of our Bitcoin purchases into fiat currency. Q2 conversions added $936 million to our balance sheet.”
Since then, no sales or purchases of bitcoins have been made by Tesla in 4 consecutive quarters. The electric car specialist reportedly has $184 million in BTC at the moment.
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La révolution blockchain et crypto est en marche ! Et le jour où les impacts se feront ressentir sur l’économie la plus vulnérable de ce Monde, contre toute espérance, je dirai que j’y étais pour quelque chose
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