Mary Barra, CEO of GM, doesn’t want to acknowledge the existence of Tesla

The ‘beef’ is just getting started

7w ago

Not that long ago, Joe Biden praised Mary Barra and GM for leading the EV race and in his speech, he failed to mention Tesla. Musk said Biden is biased and he simply ignored Tesla on purpose because the automaker is not unionized.

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, is fundamentally sticking with that narrative but, at least in terms of market share, General Motors is not, in fact, leading the EV race. GM only has 9% of the EV market, while Tesla has 63%. Furthermore, both Ford and VW outsell GM.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Barra refused to acknowledge the existence of Tesla and ignored every question about the brand.

CNBC’s Andrew Sorking asked Barra several questions regarding Tesla’s role in the EV market - both in terms of intangible influence, as in how much they helped the transition towards electric mobility and in terms of tangible results, as in, how many vehicles they sold - and Barra basically avoided all the questions.

Among other things, Sorking asked for Barra’s opinion regarding the EV credit that may be included in the Build Back Better plan, specifically the ‘union-only‘ bonus. He also pointed out that Tesla employees actually have higher salaries than GM’s - despite not being unionized.

In 2020, Tesla sold about 500,000 cars, and they’ve already sold around 640,000 this year. To put things in perspective, Chevrolet sold around 20,000 Bolts in 2020.

I think we might as well go grab some pop corn and some wine because I feel like this is just the beginning of hilarious rap-style beef.

What do you think? Does this make GM look petty, or are they doing the right thing ignoring their direct competitor? Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Comments (34)

  • Let’s be honest, GM is dying and in 20 years could very much be dead.

      1 month ago
    • Nope. I'm almost certain the US federal gvt will come to save their asses. They did it already iirc.

        1 month ago
    • Good point. I can't tell you. Probably not the same amount of money in game ?

        1 month ago
  • Her not even acknowledging Tesla is a sign of any number of psychological states of mind (fear, disdain, shame, guilt, jealousy...). A person WITH confidence would have no problem Talking about Tesla. Then again, this is America we're talking about. Facts and accurate information don't matter to 40% of our population. If Mary Barra says GM is leading the EV race, then by golly, half of our country will believe GM is leading it. I thought they (GM) were on track. What happened?

      1 month ago
  • “Pop-corn and wine”. Big of a odd combo 😂. Can’t wait to see the B E E F begin

      1 month ago
  • GM in denial? Noooo

      1 month ago
  • I don't like Barra, she is all out of place in my view. BUT in this case I think she's being asked stupid questions. Of course she knows Tesla and where it is, but why to give it any credit?

      1 month ago