The Secret Service was probably not impressed.
In case you've been living under a giant boulder, you must have heard of the massive bipartisan infrastructure deal. It has tremendous implications for the automotive industry, ranging from adaptive headlights finally becoming legal to forcing manufacturers to find ways of identifying drunk drivers. Part of the infrastructure deal is a $7.5-billion investment in an EV charger network. It's all part of the President's goal of 50% EV sales by 2030. A more expansive infrastructure network will help drive consumers toward electric vehicles.
As you can see in the video, he stomps on the throttle, giving us our first glance at what this colossal 9,000-pound truck is capable of. It was a much faster test drive than the short stint in the Ford F-150 Lightning earlier this year.
The Hummer leaps forward with impressive ferocity. We bet the secret service agent that was riding shotgun had a light crisis. Recently, it was announced that President Biden would be the first person outside of GM to drive the electric Corvette, likely giving Secret Service staff more gray hairs.
After hooning it off the line, he passed the media and said, "This sucker is something else." He also asked whether anyone wanted to jump on the back. Nobody took him up on his offer.
On the same day as the President's test drive, Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, and national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, published an opinion piece in the Detroit Free Press. An excerpt reads as follows:
"After decades of delay and decay, watching as our competitors pursue aggressive industrial strategies of their own, America's standing in the global economy no longer reflects the potential of the American people. For instance, America's infrastructure ranks 13th in the world, and no US airports rank in the [top] 25 airports worldwide. We are responsible for less than 10% of global battery manufacturing capacity - a key input into the rapidly growing electric vehicle industry - while China controls 80%."
Not everyone agrees with Biden's aggressive approach, but radical change is what's needed to change ours from a country of gas-guzzling old-school Americana to a leader of sustainable world-class tech.