Biden Takes a Ride in the New Ford Lightning

By Monique Mansfield
May 19 2021 |
President Biden speaks with Ford employees in Dearborn, Michigan. | The White House

The president visits Michigan as the company prepares to unveil its electric F-150.

President Joe Biden made a stop in southeast Michigan on Tuesday to visit Ford Motor Company’s electric vehicle plant in Dearborn. The company plans to officially reveal its all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck there via livestream on Wednesday.

A proposed $174 billion dollar investment in electric vehicles is part of Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, the administration’s big effort to invest in public infrastructure, clean up greenhouse gas emissions and begin a shift to a clean energy economy in the United States.

Enter the new F-150. This truck model is the best-selling vehicle in the country and being a former F-150 owner, they live up to the mantra “Built Ford Tough.” Biden toured the plant and delivered remarks in support of electric vehicle manufacturing and the unionized workforce in Michigan that will build them.

He also got to drive one of the new F-150s:

The president was met by U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell, Brenda Lawrence and Rashida Tlaib. Those are all Michigan Democrats, yes. But the Biden administration continues to stress bipartisanship in its congressional negotiations about an infrastructure bill. President Biden is trying lay the policy groundwork so the automotive industry is producing solely electric vehicles by 2050.

And Michigan for decades has been a home base of the American automotive industry, so what better place to set the tone?

“My name is Joe Biden and I’m a car guy,” the president said as he began his remarks. “I wanted to be here today, the day before you unveil the next generation of America’s best-selling vehicle to the entire world, to thank you. Thank you for showing how we win the competition of the 21st century. How the future is going to be made, but it’s going to be made here in America. Made in America!”

Read more about President Biden’s Dearborn visit and the soon-to-be-unveiled electric F150 here.