President Biden has tweeted out a video showing national climate advisor Gina McCarthy and secretary of energy Jennifer Granholm going for a spin in a first-generation Chevy Bolt EV and laying praise on the battery-electric hatch.
Folks, I’m a car guy – and I firmly believe the future is electric. Gina McCarthy and Secretary Granholm hit the road to talk about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework’s historic investments in electric vehicles and how we’re going to ensure the future is made in America. pic.twitter.com/xZDXu7BpXr
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 1, 2021
This video was released following the release of President Biden’s new infrastructure bill, which includes funding to build a new nationwide charging network with 500,000 individual vehicle chargers. As such, it attempts to address some of the most pressing issues with regard to electric vehicle adoption and explain what the current administration is doing to help consumers get over these hurdles.
In the four-minute clip, McCarthy picks up Granholm in a black Chevy Bolt EV, which is part of the federal vehicle fleet. Granholm then reveals that she is a Chevy Bolt EV owner and has experienced range anxiety in her car – particularly when driving on the highway for long periods of time. Granholm then explains that EV owners will be “totally carefree,” with regard to their vehicle’s range of Biden’s infrastructure package gets passed, as there will be charging stations littered along interstate highways and other major roadways to help drive EV adoption.
The conversation then turns toward climate change and how EV adoption and other advancements in the transportation industry can help preserve the planet for future generations.
“The challenge of climate change is a real one, but the great thing is we have so many things like this electric vehicle that aren’t a sacrifice,” McCarthy says in the clip. “They are an improvement for our lives, an improvement for our pocketbooks.”
Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure bill also includes $174 billion in point of sale rebates and tax incentives for EVs to help encourage consumers to purchase battery-powered vehicles over ICE ones. The administration also plans to electrify the entire federal vehicle fleet, which could cost upwards of $20 billion, and will electrify at least 20 percent of America’s yellow school bus fleets through the new Clean Buses for Kids Program run by the Environmental Protection Agency.