Joe Biden promotes electric vehicles with tire-scratching SUV test drive

Joe Biden praised Detroit’s Big Three automakers, especially GM, for adopting EVs.

Detroit:

US President Joe Biden got behind the wheel of an electric Hummer SUV on Wednesday and left with squealing tires in a test drive to test billions of dollars in electric vehicle investment.

“Someone want to jump back, or on the roof?” Biden asked reporters after a few detours at the General Motors plant. “These suckers are something else!”

The test drive at General Motors Co.’s electric vehicle assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, was part of a nationwide White House tour promoting the $1 trillion infrastructure bill Biden, a Democrat, signed into law on Monday.

The law provides $7.5 billion in funding to build the nation’s electric vehicle charging network, an investment the industry says will inspire more Americans to buy electric vehicles, and manufacturers to produce them. Electric vehicles accounted for just 1.8% of the US new vehicle market in 2020.

In Detroit, Biden praised Detroit’s Big Three automakers, especially GM, for adopting EVs.

“In the auto industry, Detroit is the world leader in electric vehicles,” Biden said. He didn’t mention US automaker Tesla Inc., which accounts for about 80% of US EV sales but is not federated.

“You know, so far, China has been the leader in this race,” Biden said, speaking of EV manufacturing. “That’s about to change” because of the infrastructure law, he said.

Biden’s approval rating has plummeted as inflation rises, and Democrats are promoting the bipartisan bill as proof that the party can deliver in a divided America. Michigan is a major political battleground in US elections.

Next Answer, Thousands in EV Tax Credit

Biden also debated his proposed $2 trillion Social Security net spending plan in Washington. The bill includes up to $12,500 in tax credits for US-made EVs, including a $4,500 credit for union-built vehicles.

The bill is a key pillar of Biden’s domestic agenda, but progressive and liberal lawmakers in his party have yet to agree on exactly what it should contain.

Biden insisted Wednesday that the “build back better” bill would be paid for by raising taxes on corporations, turning to GM CEO Mary Barra to make his point that big companies aren’t paying as much as they should. .

“Guess what? They’re not paying enough,” Biden said. “Sorry Mary.”

With Americans facing inflation and the prospect of a shortage of goods during the holiday season, Biden said he was assured by Wal-Mart and Target executives that he had plenty to buy despite the supply-chain woes. Things will happen.

“Their inventory has gone up and they will have all the toys, food and other items that buyers are looking for during the holiday season. That’s going to happen,” he said.

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