People watching the show will be talking about the skits featuring Musk all week.
Viewers may also be talking about the commercials featuring some Tesla rivals that could have been trying to capitalize on fans of electric vehicles tuning into the episode.
What Happened: After the monologue from Musk, many viewers in the U.S. saw ads from Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and Lucid Motors, an electric vehicle startup going public in a SPAC merger with Churchill Capital Corp IV (NYSE: CCIV).
The Ford ad featured the Mach-E Mustang. The ad from Lucid Motors featured the Lucid Air. Later on during the show, an ad from Volkswagen AG (OTC: VWAGY) showed its ID.4 electric vehicle.
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Why It’s Important: The ad from Lucid Motors is interesting because there has been a bit of a battle recently between Musk and former Tesla employee Peter Rawlinson who now heads Lucid Motors. Musk has downplayed the role Rawlinson had at the company.
The ad featured the Lucid Air, the world’s first 500+ mile car.
“When it’s (the future) finally here, it might not be what you’d expect, it might just be better,” the ad says.
The Lucid Air has a retail price starting at $77,400, and the company is taking reservations, according to the ad. Previous reports say the high-end version of the electric vehicle is sold out. Lucid will begin delivering the Lucid Air in the second half of 2021.
Airing the commercial during this edition of "SNL" may have cost more than usual given the fanfare surrounding Musk's hosting. But by airing the ad to Tesla fans and people interested in electric vehicles, the extra dollars and media attention could end up being worth it for Lucid Motors.
Price Action: Shares of Churchill Capital Corp IV closed at $19.28 on Friday.
Disclosure: Author is long shares of CCIV.
Photo courtesy of Lucid Motors.
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