The new development came as a shock to the community as Tesla had only introduced the asset as a payment medium on the 24th of March. It may appear that the company did not carry out their research thoroughly as Musk affirmed that the level of energy consumed by Bitcoin puts a dent on the asset’s usefulness as a sustainable technology.
Excerpts from Musk’s post reads “Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using Bitcoin. We are concerned about the rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions.” Although Tesla added that it will not be selling Bitcoins under its possession, the company is on a search for a more sustainable digital asset. Preferably one that uses less than 1% of Bitcoin’s energy.
Elon Musk’s impact on the Bitcoin market
At the time of this writing, over $575.5 million worth of Bitcoin has been liquidated in less than an hour, reflecting the impact of the news on the Bitcoin market, which Elon Musk evidently influences. Bitcoin, which was still in the process of gathering the much-needed momentum to surpass its daily high of $57,511 has dropped by 13% to now trade at $50,112 at report time.
It is crucial to note that Bitcoin is not the only asset suffering from Musk’s announcement. Other altcoins have retreated and lost daily gains in the last few hours. Leading altcoins like Ethereum, Binance Coin, and even DOGE have dropped above 9% in the last hour.
Bitcoiners boycott Tesla. Will Tesla reconsider accepting Bitcoin?
So far, the new development has been met by a number of mixed reactions from the cryptocurrency space. The Bitcoin market is currently bleeding, but it is also possible that Tesla’s sales will bleed in the near term as Bitcoiners, some of which include Bitcoin Stock to Flow creator Plan B, and Bitcoin proponent Samson Mow, disclose their disappointment and resort to boycotting Tesla.
Meanwhile, many Bitcoiners insist that Musk could reconsider accepting the cryptocurrency as he only noted that it was suspended and not banned from future consideration.
What altcoins will make the cut at Tesla?
As Tesla sets out to consider other cryptocurrencies that run on less than 1% of Bitcoin’s energy, Crypto fans propose fitting candidates, pointing at Dogecoin, which happens to be Musk’s favorite cryptocurrency. Interestingly, Musk recently conducted a poll asking if users wanted Tesla to accept Doge, hinting that plans to suspend Bitcoin may have already been in the works for a while now.
However, it seems that Tesla will be stuck between a rock and a hard place as other currencies consume an incredible amount of energy like CZ notes below.
Like Anthony Pompliano tweeted in response to Musk, over 50% of miners depend on reliable energy.
While the way forward is still unknown, a handful of Bitcoiners are more focused on the buying opportunity Musk has created for them as they begin to tap into the dip by accumulating more Bitcoins.