President Biden on Wednesday burned some rubber in Detroit – taking the wheel of an all-electric Hummer during a visit to a new General Motors factory.
“Anyone want to jump back or up on the roof?” Biden asked reporters after a floor of the vehicle’s accelerator.
“These navels are something else!” Biden said before taking the car for another turn.
Although traditional Hummers are one of the worst emitters of greenhouse gases – with an urban mileage of 14 miles per gallon – the reworked vehicle is an add-on.
Biden said that if he “slept for the past 50 years” and woke up to the vehicle, he would exchange “title for title” with his favorite Corvette, according to a pool report.
Biden visited the factory to promote the infrastructure deal, which he signed on Monday to invest in electric vehicles as part of his $ 1.75 trillion Build Better spending bill, which was halted by his own party in Congress.
Biden previously tested an electric Ford F-150 in May in Dearborn, Mich., And drove around the White House driveway in August in one of Chrysler’s electric Jeep Wranglers.
Biden’s recently signed $ 1.200-billion bipartisan infrastructure package contains $ 7.5 billion for electric car charging stations and $ 5 billion to buy electric and low-emission buses. And his proposed social spending plan contains $ 555 billion for environmental initiatives including $ 12,500 rebates for the purchase of electric cars.
White House councilor Steve Ricchetti’s brother, Jeff Ricchetti, was paid $ 160,000 this year to lobby for GM, according to public disclosures.
Biden disliked the largest U.S. electric car maker Tesla because it has no unionized workforce – including not inviting company Elon Musk to a White House exhibit this summer.
According to government data, companies in the United States sold nearly 327,000 electric vehicles in 2019. Nearly two-thirds of those sales were Teslas.
The cost of electric cars tends to be higher, but Biden argues that the U.S. can use the force of federal tax rebates and purchasing power to make greener choices more competitive.