Musk Urges Trump To Push For Fair Auto Trade Policies With China

CEO and lead designer at SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla speaks at the International Space Station Research

As we reported in November, the major source of this disruption will centre around operating costs, which Tesla has said will deliver savings of $US200,000 over diesel trucks over one million miles.

Politicians in both the European Union and China have already threatened to retaliate against the USA if Trump implements import tariffs.

Talk of tariffs on aluminium and steel has captivated conversation in the nation's capital ever since Trump tweeted that "trade wars are good, and easy to win" earlier this month.

Trump is expected to reveal the details of his new tariffs this week. "We just want fairness".

Trump is apparently a big fan of Musk's private space exploration company, SpaceX.

"I don't know if you saw last - with Elon - with the rocket boosters where they're coming back down", Trump told reporters. For me, that's more incredible than watching the rocket go up, 'cause I've never seen that before. "They landed so beautifully". Instead the company said they would use cameras to give drivers a comprehensive view of their surroundings. It´s like competing in an Olympic race wearing lead shoes'.

To further entice the president to take action, Musk finished his tweetstorm by explaining how "nothing happened" when he brought up these issues with the past administration. Just want a fair outcome, ideally where tariffs/rules are equally moderate. "Nothing more. Hope this does not seem unreasonable", he said.

Without a factory-which in China typically requires foreign companies to take on a local partner-Tesla faces steep import taxes.

The tweet followed Musk's initial message to Trump, where Musk asked Trump's opinion of the disparity between the USA and China's vehicle import policies.

Tesla has been pushing hard to build cars in China, the world's largest auto market, but has hit roadblocks in negotiations with local authorities, in part because Musk is keen to keep full control of any local venture.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He added that "when China or another country charges us 50 percent tariffs - more than that in some cases - and we charge them nothing, that's not fair".

To get around the 25 percent import tariff, though, the company has explored setting up a factory.