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May 13, 2021

Tesla to stop payment by Bitcoin

After a pioneering move recently to say it would accept Bitcoin payments from customers for its cars, Tesla has apparently reversed the decision over environmental concerns surrounding the cryptocurrency.

By David Leggett

Bitcoin involves data ‘mining’ to solve complex mathematical puzzles, an activity which is said to be energy intensive and heavily reliant on electricity generated by fossil-fuels – notably coal in China which accounts for the majority of Bitcoin mining activity.

In February, Tesla purchased $1.5bn worth of Bitcoin and said it will become the first major carmaker to accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment. Some analysts said at the time that by accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment, Tesla was unleashing the first major consumer experiment in not just bitcoin but cryptocurrency as whole.

However, Tesla founder Elon Musk has now said in a tweet that the company would not sell any Bitcoin and intends to use Bitcoin for transactions as soon as mining takes place on a more sustainable basis.

The value of Bitcoin fell after Musk’s tweet.

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