President Joe Biden traveled to the Detroit Auto Show on Wednesday to promote electric vehicles, but was heavily distracted from his mission by a gas-powered Corvette.
“Get out of the way, everyone. This thing flies,” Biden said as he approached the orange-painted vehicle.
Led by General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Biden examined the carbon fiber body and ceramic brakes of the latest Corvette model.
President Biden in Corvette in Detroit: “I tell the head of my secret service that I’m driving home.” pic.twitter.com/dVaL8NW7HU
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With Barra’s permission, Biden climbed into the driver’s seat and started the gas engine and sat quietly listening to the engine growl before turning it off.
“I’m telling you what. Tell the head of my secret service I’m driving home,” he said. “Do you want to come with me?
the absolute wonder on this man’s face pic.twitter.com/uhbX0a42KL
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Biden sat in the seat for a few more moments, marveling at the vehicle.
“It’s something else,” he said.
Biden also toured a Ford Mustang MACH-E electric vehicle, an electric F-150 and even got to drive an electric Cadillac Lyriq.
“It’s a nice car,” he said after driving the Lyriq a short distance. “But I love the Corvette.”
During his speech, Biden was back on the script, promoting an electric vehicle future fueled by heavy government subsidies for batteries and electric charging systems as well as tax credits for the purchase of electric vehicles.
But he warned that workers would soon have to retrain in order to build what he called “the electric vehicle revolution”.
“Just like they used to make carburetors, you won’t do the same with EVs anymore,” he said. “But we’re going to have to build a lot of vehicle batteries.”
Biden also bragged about investing billions of dollars in 500,000 charging stations across the country to turn transportation into electric cars.
“The Great American Road Trip is going to be electrified,” he boasted.