Visiting Ford EV Center, Biden says, “The future of the auto industry is electric”
05.18.2021 - by Joel Levin
Visiting Ford EV Center, Biden says, “The future of the auto industry is electric”

This week, President Joe Biden visited the Ford Motor Company Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, getting a preview of the all-electric version of their F-150 pickup truck, which is the highest-selling vehicle in the country.

“The future of the auto industry is electric,” said President Biden. “There’s no turning back. … The real question is whether we’ll lead or we’ll fall behind in the race to the future.” We couldn’t agree more. 

The official reveal of the Ford F-150 Lightning will take place Wednesday, May 19 at 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT. Almost exactly four years ago, Plug In America called on Ford to dream big and create an electric version of its F-150 pickup truck. Today, we are very pleased to see that the nation’s #1 vehicle will soon be available as an EV, but we also want to hear the details. We hope they will rapidly scale up production so it can be available in every Ford dealer in all 50 states.

The F-150 Lightning is among the new electric truck options that will soon become available, including the Tesla Cybertruck, the Rivian R1T, and the GMC Hummer EV.

Between the launch of these new EV models and the strong EV policy coming from the Biden administration, things are looking up for the electrification of our transportation and creating cleaner air for all to breathe. We will continue ensuring that the voices of EV drivers, like you, are heard by policymakers shaping the future of electric transportation!

6 comments on “Visiting Ford EV Center, Biden says, “The future of the auto industry is electric””
  1. ted rees says:

    I think you are missing the boat. While re-building a house that requires contractors, I notice that they all have pick-up trucks. Typically large pick-up trucks, so that they can carry tools and materials. From an emissions point of view, what do you think happens when a 16 mpg gas vehicle goes electric, vs a 32 mpg gas vehicle going electric? The 16 mpg vehicle goes to 64 MPGe vehicle, and the 32 mpg vehicle goes to a 128 MPGe vehicle. For a 12,000 mile year, the gas version used 750 gallons, and emitted 14550 pounds of CO2. The 32 mpg vehicle used 375 gallons, and emitted 7275 pounds. Obviously, the CO2 avoided in the larger vehicle conversion is double the half sized vehicle.
    This is not to say everyone should get a big EV, that is foolish. But given a need for a big EV, it is even more important to get it electrified.

  2. Russell Moilov says:

    Love electric Cars ! Own two !

  3. james durban says:

    The Cybertruck for all US fleet vehicles would be great. Low maintenance on both the drivetrain and body (stainless steel)

  4. Darrell King says:

    What irks me is that most auto makers are coming in with larger, higher powered, flashy vehicles for their EVs, much as Tesla originally did. But Elon Musk had a vision, a plan, to show what EVs were capable of. That’s been done. Now what needs to happen if EVs are to go mainstream is for auto makers to focus on range and affordability, economy not luxury. Let’s have the Feds enact legislation requiring a minimum range, as they do a minimum MPG with gasoline vehicles. Let’s start with something like 400 miles, for example. With EV’s torque and flat curve, all that ridiculous HP is not necessary.

  5. Stephen J Ferry says:

    I hope that this is a turn-around for Ford. Their support of my Ford Focus Electric was anemic, at best!

  6. Eric Weis says:

    I applaud President Biden for taking a futuristic and visionary stand on transportation and energy. As a driver of an EV (I adopted four years ago), I have witnessed America falling behind the rest of the advanced world in pursuing rational energy and climate policy. President Biden’s leadership is a welcome change. One last comment, Joe picked a Ford plant for this policy stand. Four years ago, I bought a Chevy Bolt. I have been sorely disappointed by GM’s failed promises time and again. Later this year, I will move into a VW ID.4 SUV, because so far, America has no comparable offering. I hope that Ford or GM get their act together – and chase after this huge segment of the automotive market.

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