Tesla announces it will stop taking bitcoin payments

By Ankur Banerjee and Hyunjoo Jin | Reuters

Tesla Inc has suspended the use of bitcoin to purchase its vehicles, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said in a tweet on Wednesday, citing concerns about the use of fossil fuel for bitcoin mining.

Bitcoin, the world’s biggest digital currency, fell more than 7% after the tweet and was trading at $52,669.

Musk said Tesla would not sell any bitcoin, and intends to use bitcoin for transactions as soon as mining transitions to more sustainable energy.

“We are also looking at other cryptocurrencies that use <1% of bitcoin’s energy/transaction,” Musk said.

Musk said in March Tesla that customers can buy its electric

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