CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, said that the bitcoin lost more than 10 per cent of its value in 24 hours.
A total of $120, 776, 981, 476 was wiped away when investors’ confidence in the digital currency tanked after Musk revealed that Tesla was going to halt accepting bitcoin as payment for its cars.
Disclosing this in a statement on his official Twitter, Elon Musk said, “Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using bitcoin. We are concerned about the rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.
“Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels and we believe it has a promising future, but this cannot come at great cost to the environment.
“Tesla will not be selling any bitcoin and we intend to use it for transactions as soon as mining transitions to more sustainable energy.
“We are also looking at other cryptocurrencies that use less than one per cent of bitcoin’s energy/transaction.”
Tesla began accepting bitcoin in March. In its Q1 earnings, the company revealed that it had grown its bitcoin holdings to $2.5bn.
Bitcoin production is estimated to generate between 22 and 22.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year. According to iea.org global emission of CO2 was 31.5 gigatonnes in 2020.
It is worthy to note that on Monday, Musk had hinted at Tesla accepting dogecoin in payment for its cars.
Bitcoin is estimated to average around 700 kilowatt-hours (KWh) per transaction, while doge is estimated to use about 0.12 KWh per transaction.
According to coinmarketcap.com, bitcoin was $48,063.02 on Thursday. It had a 24-hour trading volume of $102,816,494,815. Bitcoin was down 11.05 per cent.
It had live market cap of $899,221,459,712, a circulating supply of 18,709,218 BTC coins, and its maximum supply was 21,000,000 BTC coins.
Ethereum price was $3,599.38. It had a 24-hour trading volume of $84,922,177,574. Ethereum was down 9.98 per cent. It had a live market cap of $417,023,763,037. It had a circulating supply of 115,859,799 ETH coins, and its maximum supply was not available.
Dogecoin was $0.378770. It had a 24-hour trading volume of $13,771,969,017. Dogecoin was down 14.56 per cent. It had a live market cap of $49,082,167,908, a circulating supply of 129,582,999,369 DOGE coins, and its maximum supply was not available.