People have started to envisage the possibility of Tesla incorporating the meme token Dogecoin (DOGE) in place of the flagship cryptocurrency that has just been official rejected by the electric car manufacturing company as a payment option.
A few hours ago, Elon Musk the CEO of Tesla announced the suspension of Bitcoin (BTC) as a means of payment for Tesla cars.
The announcement posted by Elon Musk on Twitter reads as follows:
“Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using Bitcoin. We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.
“Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels and we believe it has a promising future, but this cannot come as great cost to the environment.
“Tesla will not be selling any Bitcoin and we intend to use it 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.”
Tesla & Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/YSswJmVZhP
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 12, 2021
Is Tesla on the Verge of Accepting Dogecoin (DOGE)?
On 11th May 2021, Elon Musk shared a Twitter poll, asking his teeming followers if they want Tesla to accept Dogecoin (DOGE) as a payment option. Out of 3,922,516 respondents, 78.2% said it’s a good idea.
Do you want Tesla to accept Doge?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2021
The major reason for the poll has now become obvious to the crypto community and it can never be a welcoming idea to the nascent industry, especially Bitcoin community. But this could be a big chance for Dogecoin (DOGE) to thrive on one of the highest levels.
Bitcoin (BTC) Dropped To $48,000 Price Area Following the Announcement
Bitcoin (BTC), the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, expectedly reacted negatively to the news. The price of the digital currency dropped to $48,000 price area before a slight recovery back to $50,000.
At the time of filing this report, Bitcoin (BTC) is trading at $50,324.82, with an 11.32% price downtrend in the last 24 hours.