"I was certainly surprised that Tesla did as well as it did," Munger said in an interview with CNBC's Becky Quick that aired Tuesday on "Squawk Box." "I do not equate Tesla with bitcoin. Tesla has made some real contributions to this civilization. Elon Musk has done some good things that others couldn't do."
"We haven't had a successful new auto company in a long, long time. What Tesla has done in the car business is a minor miracle," Munger said.
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Tesla became one of the most valuable companies in the world, with a market capitalization over $600 billion. The carmaker delivered 343,000 vehicles in the last quarter.
Shares of Tesla are down 45% this year after a near 50% rally in 2021 and a whopping 743% advance in 2020.
In response to Munger's remarks, Musk said in a Tuesday tweet that "Mr. Munger's words are much appreciated."
Listen to the full interview with Munger on the Squawk Pod podcast.