ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Vice President Kamala Harris emphasized investment in US automobile manufacturing and the automotive industry. manufacturing industry Visited Michigan for a speech on federal environmental policy.
Electric car Battery production is essential to “building a clean energy economy,” Harris said.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm joined Harris in Ann Arbor for Thursday’s conversation on climate policy.
As an example of clean energy economic development, Harris highlighted electric school buses to replace diesel vehicles.
“The great thing about it is that we are making [the school buses] Here it is,” said Harris. Alongside this production, she said, is “job creation.”
Electric school buses have thus become a prominent part of the EV conversation. 250 school districts Electrified buses are being tested across the country, and manufacturers are investing in production enhancements, including the planned Lion Electric EV bus and truck production plant in Joliet, Illinois.
Spurred on by these developments, and repeatedly emphasized speakers are the bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the Inflation Reduction Act.infrastructure bill $5 billion invested We are working to strengthen our EV charging stations, with the ultimate goal of reaching 500,000 charging stations nationwide under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program.
The Inflation Reduction Act made waves in the auto industry by offering tax credits of up to $7,500 for EVs. Vehicle eligibility requirements encourage assembly and mineral sourcing in the United States or its free trade partners. Granholm says these tax credits will help reduce costs for American families, and she believes they will be an integral part of the transition to EVs.
More broadly, Granholm applauded the recent rise in Michigan-based EV battery manufacturers and suppliers. This represents billions of investments and thousands of new jobs, pushing the state to lead the “clean energy revolution in transportation,” she noted.
These increases helped spur projects such as the Gotion Inc. plan. EV battery factory Located near Big Rapids, Michigan Leah Cope. When general motors Among other things, it plans to build an $80 million EV parts factory.
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Congressman Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) were also present. Stabenow, who brought her Volt to the event with an electric Chevrolet, promoted a policy that emphasized looking beyond innovation to production. She said we need US-made clean energy products and infrastructure, including EV charging stations and electric buses.
Dingel said he believes Michigan is “at the center” of the climate problem because of its involvement in the transportation industry, which accounts for 30% of carbon emissions.
But looking forward to the future of EV production, Dingel emphasized, “The roots of the solution will run deep from the heart of the country, Michigan and the Midwest.”