Ford puts up billboard, doubling down on claim that denies Tesla’s existence

Ford Motor Co. continues to stand by comments made earlier this year by the automaker’s Chief Operating Officer, Jim Farley.

In September California governor Gavin Newsom announced the state’s ambitious plan to ban the sale of new gas cars by 2035. In attendance that day were several electric vehicles, including a Tesla Model 3 and Ford Mach-E.

After the announcement, Farley took to Twitter to show his excitement for the new legislation. Despite the Model 3 being in the picture he included with his tweet, the COO claimed Ford was the only US automaker supporting the plan.

Unsurprisingly, Farley was quickly roasted on social media for his claim, with hundreds of Tesla supporters responding to the tweet asking if he had forgotten that Tesla was also an American automaker.

It appears as though Farley and the team at Ford either have their heads in the sand, didn’t read the responses to the tweet, or all of the above, as the automaker recently put up a billboard (seen above) in California making the exact same claim (via Reddit).

Farley wasn’t the only one who forgot about Tesla that day, as governor Newsom called Ford the leader in the EV space with “innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset that’s leading to more customer choice.”

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