US automaker Ford CEO Jim Farley recently claimed that the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck made by his company is already the leader of the electric pickup truck market in the United States, and ridiculed Tesla for this. Will CEO Elon Musk still launch the Cybertruck. Musk immediately responded, " Thanks, but I already have one ."
Farley touted his electric pickup when announcing a new clean-energy deal with DTE Energy, quipping Musk, saying, "Accept that."
When a user shared the video on his personal social media Twitter, Musk responded: "Thanks, but I already have one."
Farley took the helm at Ford on October 1, 2020. Under his leadership, Ford's electric pickup truck has gone ahead of Tesla, and deliveries of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck have begun at the end of May. Earlier this week, Ford announced that it would raise prices on all of its electric pickups.
In contrast, it seems like it will be a long time before the Tesla Cybertruck hits the market. Musk confirmed at Tesla's annual shareholder meeting last week that the Cybertruck will go on sale in 2023.
As rivals, Ford and Tesla often interact. Last year, Musk boasted that Tesla and Ford were "the only two U.S. automakers that didn't go bankrupt" among thousands of auto start-ups.
"Sampling is easy, mass production is hard, and cash flow is the most painful," Musk tweeted.
Farley retweeted Musk's comment and replied with one word: "Respect."
A few months later, Ford appeared to make fun of Musk in an ad released.
"Right now, it seems like the only people who matter are the loudest," actor Bryan Cranston said in a voiceover. "Those who want to screw things up and then when things get harder, People who fly away in private spaceships."
The meme may be a reference to Musk's SpaceX project and Tesla's recent racial bias lawsuit.