Why did Tesla buy Bitcoin?

Tesla Inc. has become the latest major corporation to make an investment in bitcoin, underscoring the increasing acceptability of the digital asset.

The big question observers are asking is, why is the Elon Musk-run company doing this?

Monday, electric-car maker Tesla TSLA, -8.06% said in a public filing that it purchased $1.5 billion of bitcoin BTCUSD, -4.20% and that it expects to begin accepting payment in the cryptocurrency for its products in the future.

The move by Tesla to invest in bitcoins was seen as further confirmation of the legitimacy of the nascent asset that didn’t exist until about 12 years ago.

However, bitcoin is seen as a volatile asset that is prone to sharp price volatility and Monday’s announcement by Tesla was described by some corporate finance professionals as an unnecessary addition of risk to the vehicle maker’s balance sheet in the form of currency or a commodity, depending on how you classify bitcoin.

While it’s not clear, at this point, why Musk & Co. have opted to expose the company to the possible risk of owning bitcoin, here are a few reasons why the revolutionary company may have aligned itself with the crypto crowd.

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