Tesla now Accepting Dogecoin Payments

Tesla now lets customers buy select items of merchandise using Dogecoin, the company’s CEO Elon Musk has announced. Products buyable with the meme-based cryptocurrency include the Cyberquad for Kids (12,020 doge / around $2,320), the Giga Texas Belt Buckle (835 doge / around $161) and the Cyberwhistle (300 doge / around $58). Dogecoin was up ~16% to around $0.20 .

The initiative was initially announced by Musk on Twitter on December 14th when he said

that the company would “see how it goes” with the cryptocurrency payment option. It’s still unclear if or when Tesla might eventually accept payment for its vehicles in Dogecoin, which Musk has previously said may be his favorite cryptocurrency.

The initiative appears to be supported outside the US, with the S3XY Mug buyable with Dogecoin from the UK Tesla store for 150 doge (around $29). As of this writing, Dogecoin now appears to be the only way to buy certain items, as their regular payment icons have disappeared.

Support for Dogecoin purchases comes just months after Tesla started accepting Bitcoin for car purchases, only to cease the practice 49 days later, citing concerns about the use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining. “Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels and we believe it has a promising future, but this cannot come at great cost to the environment,” Elon Musk said in a statement.

Dogecoin currently doesn’t consume anywhere near the same amount of energy per transaction as Bitcoin. But Dogecoin is still an energy-intensive proof-of-work cryptocurrency. Its smaller energy use per transaction is largely because it’s currently a less valuable asset than Bitcoin.

For his part, Musk said in May

He is working with Dogecoin developers to “improve system transaction efficiency.”

He’s not been shy about his support of the cryptocurrency, which started life as a joke based on the Doge meme. Musk told CNBC in October.

“They aren’t financial experts or Silicon Valley technologists. That’s why I decided to support Doge, it felt like the people’s crypto.”

Another of Elon Musk’s ventures, SpaceX, started accepting payment in Dogecoin in May and next year plans to send a satellite named DOGE to the Moon.

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