From now on, Tesla will sell some of its products for the Dogecoin cryptocurrency. However, these are not electric cars, only merchandise products, as Tesla boss Elon Musk announced via Twitter: "Tesla merch buyable with Dogecoin."
Accordingly, US customers can purchase these fan articles in the Tesla shop by paying with Dogecoin:
Cyberquad for Kids (12,020 Doge, approx. $2320)
Giga Texas Belt Buckle (835 Doge, about $161)
Cyberwhistle (300 Doge, about $58)
S3XY Mug (150 Doge, about $29).
The mug is the only Tesla product that can be purchased with Dogecoin outside the US. In this case, only in Great Britain.
It is noteworthy that you cannot optionally pay for the products mentioned with Dogecoin but only have to pay with this cryptocurrency.
According to Business Insider, the price of the Dogecoin cryptocurrency rose by 16 percent after the announcement. Elon Musk had already said in April 2019 that Dogecoin was his preferred cryptocurrency.
For a short time in the USA in 2021, it was also possible to pay for Tesla vehicles with cryptocurrency, namely with bitcoins. But Musk soon ended that because mining bitcoins pollutes the environment due to its high energy requirements: Tesla no longer accepts bitcoins for car purchases. But electricity is also needed to mine Dogecoin.
Elon Musk's space company SpaceX also accepts Dogecoin and will use a Falcon 9 rocket to carry a satellite into space in the first quarter of 2022, the flight of which was paid for with Dogecoin. The SpaceX satellite is called Doge-1.