On Tuesday, when many motorists living in the southeastern United States could not fill up due to a shortage of gasoline at gas stations, President Joe Biden supported the transition to electric cars, warning that China is still ahead of the United States in the race to create the next generation of cars.
“They think they will win, but I have news for them. They will not win this race. We cannot let them do that. We need to act quickly,” the president said during a visit to a plant in Michigan where electric cars are made.
Ford will officially unveil its F-150 Lightning electric car on Wednesday, a fully electrified version of its best–selling pickup truck. After the speech, the President took a ride in an electric car on the test track.
“We are going to set a new pace of electric vehicle production,” Biden promised, “which means abandoning the previous administration’s short-sighted policies on car carbon emissions and efficiency standards.”
The president said this after visiting the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, which was the last point of his tour of various states to promote the administration’s ambitious plans to revive the economy.
“America is at a tipping point,” the president said in a conversation with Ford employees.
Biden’s $ 2 trillion plan to create new jobs, which must be approved by Congress, provides $ 174 billion in funding for the production of electric vehicles. Biden also set a goal of achieving zero carbon emissions in the American economy by 2050 at the latest.