President Biden visited General Motors’ newly opened Factory Zero plant in Michigan yesterday, where he emphasized the importance of supporting the production of union-built American vehicles and vowed to help the U.S. surpass China as the world leader in EVs.
President Biden also got the opportunity to sample the new 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup during his visit to the Michigan plant, with the 78-year-old hopping behind the wheel of a white prototype model and demonstrating the vehicle’s launch control for the assembled media.
The president later tweeted out a photo of him sitting in the Hummer EV and praised the performance of the vehicle.
“As a lot of folks know, I’m a car guy,” Biden said in a tweet. “I’ve gotten a chance to drive some pretty incredible vehicles over the years, but I never could have imagined ones like the electric vehicle I took for a spin today. The future is electric – and it will be made right here in America.”
Biden also retweeted a video of him driving the Hummer EV that Bloomberg White House correspondent Justin Sink had posted previously, tagging it with the description: “Like I said, I’m a car guy.”
Like I said, I’m a car guy. https://t.co/zc5qkQB7bi
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 17, 2021
President Biden signed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill this week that will sideline $7.5 billion to build a network of EV chargers in the U.S., along with another $65 billion to upgrade the country’s power grid. The infrastructure bill does not include the bonus tax credits for union-built EVs, which are part of the separate Build Back Better Act that the Senate plans to pass before Christmas. The union tax credits have been met with opposition from major automakers like Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen, as well as moderate West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.
Despite the pushback for the union tax credits, Biden reemphasized his support of American unions during his visit to Factory Zero this week.
In addition to the GMC Hummer EV Pickup, the Factory Zero plant will also build the GMC Hummer EV SUV, Cruise Origin robotaxi and the future Chevy Silverado EV. The plant will employ around 2,200 people once it’s up and running at full capacity by mid-decade.