Before saving the economy and helping railway workers get better pay, President Joe Biden was in Detroit yesterday testing out new cars.
No, the Secret Service did not let President Biden drive that V-8 Corvette Z06 back to Washington. Someday, Joe, someday….
You know, you all know I’m a car guy. I’m here because the auto show and the vehicles here give me so many reasons to be optimistic about the future. And I really mean it. Just looking at them and driving them, they just give me a sense of optimism, although I like the speed too [President Joe Biden, remarks to North American International Auto Show, Detroit, 2022.09.14].
Much of that optimism comes from the new electric cars that the President sees coming from Detroit:
It used to be — used to be that to buy an electric car, you had to make all sorts of compromises, but not now. Thanks to American ingenuity, American engineers, American autoworkers, that’s all changing.
Today, if you want an electric vehicle with a long range, you can buy one made in America. (Applause.) If you want one that charges quickly, buy American. You want one that’s fast in the quarter mile, buy American. (Applause.)
So — by the way, while we’re here in Detroit building in America, we’re making it easier for folks at home to buy it here in America. Companies have announced new investments of more than $36 billion in electric vehicles and $48 billion in batteries manufacturing in the U.S. [President Biden, 2022.09.14].
…with some investment, of course, from good government:
As part of the Infrastructure Law, we’re investing $7.5 billion to build electric vehicle charging stations all across America. So, today — (applause) — I’m pleased to announce we’re approving funding for the first 35 states, including Michigan, to build their own electric charging infrastructure throughout their state. (Applause.)
And you all are going to be part — part of a network of 500,000 charging stations. (Applause.) Five hundred thousand throughout the country installed by the IBEW — (applause) — who I owe a special thanks to for the last election.
Look — look, folks, you know, the great American road trip is going to be fully electrified. Whether you’re driving coast to coast along the I-10 or on I-75 here in Michigan, charging stations will be up and as easy to find as gas stations are now. We’re also going to be investing $7 billion to make American car companies and have the batteries and other critical materials they need [President Biden, 2022.09.14].
In one day, President Biden kept the trains running, and he celebrated the new automobiles that American invention, labor, and sensible government is getting moving. The President even got to test drive one of those electric vehicles, a Cadillac Lyriq, on a slow trip on the convention hall carpet. “It’s a beautiful car,” said President Biden, “but I love the Corvette.”