Tesla is no longer taking bitcoins for vehicle purchases and is suspending its policy of trading the bitcoins it already has until the currency transitions to a more efficient, sustainable energy source. It's also looking at adopting other cryptocurrencies so long as they use 1% or less of the energy that Bitcoin does.
Tesla officially back in March, after having . It's not clear how many buyers took advantage of the offer to pay for their new cars with crypto currency, but given the currency's wild price fluctuations, it seems like maybe it would have been a bad idea to do so.
According to an article published in April by The Verge , Bitcoin has a yearly carbon footprint on par with Hong Kong, and for some perspective, as of 2019, Hong Kong had a population of just over 7.5 million people. A significant portion of Bitcoin's footprint comes from the fact that most bitcoins are mined in China , which relies heavily on coal and other nonsustainable energy sources.