President Biden tries to get his legislative agenda in gear this week when he travels to an electric vehicle plant in Metro Detroit.
Biden is set to attend the grand opening of General Motors’ Factory Zero, the new name for the automaker’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which is now retooled to specialize in building electric vehicles.
The president added $7.5 billion to create new electric vehicle charging stations as part of his infrastructure package recently passed by Congress and signed into law on Monday.
Months ago Biden signed a non-binding executive order that half of all new vehicles should be electric or hybrids by 2030. But the U.S. refused to join other countries that demanded at the recent global climate summit that automakers phase-out gasoline-powered vehicles within two decades.
Biden’s social agenda plan — which remains stalled on Capitol Hill — features a $12,500 tax credit for buying an electric vehicle made in the U.S. as well as other incentives.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he opposes part of the tax credit because it mandates that the vehicles be built by union workers.
Toyota, which does not use union workers, recently announced it would invest millions of dollars at a plant in Manchin’s home state of West Virginia.