Biden drives electric vehicle and touts it as “the future of the auto industry”
Dearborn, Michigan – President Biden traveled to Dearborn, Mich., On Tuesday to tour Ford’s electric vehicle plant as his administration continues to push for alternative forms of energy and transportation. Mr. Biden also drove the Ford F-150 Lightning truck, an electric vehicle, on site.
“The future of the auto industry is electric. There is no turning back,” Biden said in remarks from the auto plant, known as the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center.
Ford is previewing the new F-150 Lightning, which will be built by members of United Auto Workers. Mr Biden has aligned himself with the unions and is pushing his multibillion-dollar infrastructure package known as the United States Jobs Plan.
“Right now, China is leading in this race, don’t worry,” Biden said of the production of electric vehicles. “They won’t win this race. We can’t let them.”
Mr Biden has denounced the Trump administration for not focusing enough on developing electric vehicles or strengthening the country’s infrastructure.
“They announced infrastructure week!” Said Mr. Biden. “And they announced it, announced it, announced it and announced it – every week for four years. They didn’t do anything. They didn’t do the job.”
The president argued that the U.S. Jobs Plan would revitalize the economy by providing jobs not only related to traditional infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges, but also focusing on industries related to the weather.
In a backgrounder released Tuesday morning, the White House said the president’s U.S. Jobs Plan “will accelerate our domestic electric vehicle industry by boosting demand for advanced cars and trucks, revitalizing our automotive industry. and battery manufacturing, deploying a nationwide network of chargers and advancing our capacity to innovate for the next generation of technology. “
“We are honored to welcome President Biden to Ford Motor Company and delighted to introduce him to the new F-150 Lightning and the exciting technologies that have made it possible,” said Melissa Miller, head of government communications and public policy. at Ford. “The electrification of the best-selling vehicle in the United States is an important step in our country’s transition to cleaner transportation. The F-150 Lightning will be built by UAW workers at an innovative green factory on the historic Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan.
The visit also came after a ransomware attack briefly halted gas operations at, creating gas shortages and long lines to pumps across the South.
Michigan switched to Mr Biden in November, after being seen as a possible swing state that could have gone for him or former President Trump.
Dearborn is a city of less than 100,000 people just outside of Detroit. Over the years, Detroit’s population has sagged in a city that was once the hub of the auto industry. In 1950, it was the fifth largest city in the United States with 1.8 million inhabitants. He has lost over a million people since then.