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Crypto currency Dogecoin surges on Tesla news

written by Bella Palmer
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Tesla merch buyable with Dogecoin, tweets Tesla chief Elon Musk

While the broader crypto market saw deep red on Thursday, Dogecoin (DOGE) was on the move.

On Thursday, DOGE rallied 7.85% to finish the day at $0.1758. It was a third consecutive day in the green for the meme coin, with the previous two gains coming off the back of FED Chair Powell testimony.

Delivering support on the day was news of Tesla testing DOGE as a payment option. According to the latest news, the DOGE payment option was added for testing a few days ago. A software engineer reportedly analyzed source code. There have yet to be any comments from Tesla, however. Nonetheless, it’s not the first time that Elon Musk and Tesla have been in the crypto news.

Tesla merch buyable with Dogecoin, Tesla Inc chief Elon Musk tweeted, much to the joy of Dogecoin fans.

Earlier in December 2021, Musk had said such use of dogecoin will be allowed on a test basis, sending the crypto token up more than 20%. Tesla chief’s tweets on Dogecoin, where he had referred to the token as ‘people’s crypto’ had caused its price to jump around 4,000% in 2021.

Meme coins continue to respond to chatter from Elon Musk, who remains a staunch ally of DOGE and Shiba Inu Coin (SHIB).

More significantly, Tesla had purchased a sizeable Bitcoin (BTC) holding early last year. In February, there was news of a Bitcoin breakout, driven by Tesla purchasing $1.5bn of Bitcoin. Following the purchase, Tesla also announced accepting Bitcoin for car payments.

Since then, however, Tesla has ceased to accept Bitcoin payments over environmental concerns.

Tesla’s decision to withdraw the acceptance of Bitcoin came ahead of China’s decision to ban crypto mining last summer.

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