President Joe Biden was allowed to test drive the new Ford electric truck during a layover in Michigan on Tuesday to tout his infrastructure plan and say “this dork is fast.”
He concluded his visit to the Ford Rouge factory in Dearborn with a surprise stop to make his way around the test track.
During his factory tour, he got a taste of the upcoming electric version of the Ford F150 Lighting truck. He bragged that he could sit in it and said during his comments that he wished he could spin it around.
“I would definitely like to drive it,” Biden said. “I wonder if I can lose the Secret Service and go to the job.”
He didn’t dump the Secret Service, but he did stop at the test track and was allowed to drive a gray version of the vehicle.
He rushed past and later said he took the truck and then stopped the truck to talk to the reporters who were traveling with him.
Biden stuck his head out of the window, put on his signature aviator sunglasses, and said, “This dork is fast.”
He said he would buy one if he could.
The president said the truck goes 0-60 in about 4.4 seconds. He then threw it on the ground while a Secret Service agent sat next to him. The president eventually turned and honked as he drove past the reporters.
President Joe Biden paused to talk to reporters during his test drive of the new Ford F-150 Lighting, the first electric truck.
President Biden took the truck for a ride on test tracking and said ‘this dork is fast’
President Biden visited Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan plant to tout electric cars as the future of the auto industry, joking in his comments that he hoped he could take one for a test drive.
President Biden said the truck goes 0-60 in about 4.4 seconds
Biden is a longtime car enthusiast.
He ran to the stage to make his comments and introduced himself as, “My name is Joe Biden and I’m an automan.”
He used his speech to blow Donald Trump, saying his predecessor was not doing anything about the infrastructure.
Biden mocked Trump for talking about infrastructure week without passing any legislation on the matter.
‘They announced infrastructure week and they announced it and announced it and announced it and announced it. Every week for four years and done nothing, ”he said at the Ford factory in Dearborn, Michigan.
Infrastructure became kind of a running joke in the Trump years, when Trump and his officials cited it as an area they could work with Democrats on – but no progress was made on the matter.
Biden also has to make some progress. The president announced a $ 2.3 trillion US job plan with a heavy focus on infrastructure, but Republicans denounced the high price tag and focus on other things, such as money for schools and the climate.
In his comments, he outlined the future he envisions for the United States, with his infrastructure plan as a way to tackle climate change and create jobs.
“If we act to save the planet, we can create millions of well-paid jobs and generate significant economic growth opportunities to raise the standard for people not just here, but around the world,” said Biden.
He argued that the future of cars is electric and said the United States cannot allow China to beat them in the industry’s new future.
“Right now, China is leading this race,” he said.
China is one of the fastest growing electric vehicle markets. Chinese manufacturers have started to sell them in Europe.
‘They will not win this race. We won’t let them in, ”he said.
‘Folks, the rest of the world is moving fast, or moving forward, they’re not waiting for the United States of America. Government, workers and industry need to work together and we have a playbook that will work, ”Biden added.
He said he would reverse the Trump administration’s vehicle emissions rollback. Its infrastructure plan includes $ 174 billion in funding for electric vehicles, charging stations and consumer purchase incentives.
He noted his meetings with Republicans on infrastructure and expressed optimism that both sides could reach an agreement.
‘We think we can find a two-tier deal and infrastructure. And we look forward to hearing more details of their proposal and counter-proposing later today or tomorrow, but we make one thing clear. We will compromise, but doing nothing is not an option, doing nothing is not an option, ‘he said.
But Biden wants to pay for his plan with a new corporate tax, which Republicans call a non-starter. The president wants to increase corporate tax from 21% to 28%.
Republicans proposed a smaller, more scaled-down plan that focuses on traditional infrastructure. They would pay for it with a combination of user fees, including for electric vehicles, and by rerouting unspent federal dollars.
Biden argues that all elements in his plan relate to the national infrastructure.
He has said he would like to see progress by Memorial Day.
“ As for where exactly we will be on or around Memorial Day, we hope we will have a better sense of the way forward and the opportunity to look ahead, ” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki in her briefing on the White House on Monday.
Biden’s father worked at auto dealerships in Delaware, where Biden grew up. Biden praised his father’s work and his long time in the unions during his stay in Dearborn.
‘Jobs, jobs, union jobs. I am a union president. Make no bones about it, ”he told the workers on a tour of the factory.
In his comments, President Biden scolded Donald Trump while praising his infrastructure plan, saying his predecessor did nothing about the matter
President Biden is a longtime car enthusiast. He ran to the stage to make his comments and introduced himself as, ‘My name is Joe Biden and I’m an automan’
President Biden toured the factory and spoke to auto workers
Outside the factory, protesters turned down Biden’s support for Israel
And after his comments, he put on his face mask and ran to greet some of the workers who were waiting to speak to him.
“The president has been a fan of cars for a long time,” Psaki said on Air Force One on the flight to Michigan. “His father was a car dealer for many years.”
She added that the president believes that “we should do everything we can from the US government to support this industry, the backbone of many communities, including Michigan and our country.” The future of the industry is electric. ‘
He also wants to make the government’s fleet electric.
Psaki was asked if Biden brought a fleet of gas-guzzling SUVs to his factory visit. The motorcade driving from the airport to the factory is said to contain at least 20 vehicles, including the presidential ride known as ‘The Beast’.
‘That’s definitely our goal,’ said Psaki when asked if ‘The Beast’ would ever be electric, but noted that it would take time.
‘I think it will take a while to allow the electric car industry in our country to grow further. That’s why the president believes there must be a historic investment and he has certainly talked about what we can do with the federal fleet as well, ”she said.