“My name is Joe Biden and I’m a car-loving guy.”
The U.S. president praised the future of electric cars from Dearborn, Michigan, on Tuesday, promising “clear, strong” goals that will enable the United States to catch up with China.
“The future of the automotive industry is electric,” he said from the Ford Rouge Center for Electric Vehicles.
“The only question is whether we’re building these vehicles and the batteries that go with them here in the United States, or are we going to depend on other countries.”
“To date, China has the advantage,” he said, noting in particular the progress of the world’s second-largest battery economy. “They think they will win, my friends, I have a message for them: they will not win,” he added.
As he has been doing for several days now, the US president has come to promote his plan for massive infrastructure investments.
This “U.S. employment plan” of about $ 2,000 billion at this stage is just a proposal that will have to be voted on – as or has been significantly amended – by Congress, where Democrats have only one narrow majority.
The text envisions multiple incentives to support the electric vehicle market, by building a national network of 500,000 charging stations by 2030 and switching to electricity for 20% of known yellow bus school buses.
– “This machine is going damn fast!” –
During his speech, the Democratic president condemned the slowdown in the development of electric vehicles given by his predecessor. Ironically because of his announced initiatives, but a dead letter remained.
“They announced infrastructure week, they announced it and they announced … Every week, for four years! And they didn’t do anything at all!” He said.
Shortly after his speech, the 70-year-old president showed his passion for the car, putting himself to the test with obvious pleasure behind the wheel of the new electric Ford F-150.
“This machine is going damn fast!” He said through the window, all smiling, to reporters present during his trip.