At the recent Detroit Auto Show, President Biden announced the first $900 million of infrastructure funds approved to build electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across thousands of miles of highways nationwide, while also touting the legacy automakers that are prioritizing EV manufacturing. It’s a welcome step forward towards greater EV adoption, a goal that wouldn’t be possible without the help of legacy manufacturers and their local dealership partners across the country.
During his time at the show, the president toured a number of all-new EV models from the legacy manufacturers, including a Chevrolet Silverado EV, a Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe, a Hummer EV, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E. These vehicles are just a sample of the incredible work the automakers have done to advance EV adoption.
GM, for example, is removing roadblocks to EVs in underrepresented areas thanks to its Dealer Community Charging Program, which is working to install 40,000 EV chargers at dealerships nationwide. Fellow industry leaders like Ford and Kia have committed to similar programs. When it comes to manufacturing, multiple automakers, such as Hyundai and Ford, are opening new factories dedicated entirely to manufacturing EVs, fully committing themselves to EV adoption, while local dealerships are making critical investments to equip their staff with the training and tools to understand EVs so they can better serve consumers in the shift to an EV.
During his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Biden applauded the automotive industry’s leaders for their investment of time and capital to make EV adoption possible. He was right to do so, and thanks to that commitment by legacy automakers and dealers alike, the electric revolution is speeding up.