Reuters says President Joe Biden will take his victory tour celebrating a new U.S. infrastructure law to Detroit on Wednesday to tout investments aimed at boosting the market for electric vehicles.
Biden signed the $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law on Monday.
Biden is eager to promote electric vehicles as the fulfillment of a promise he made as a presidential candidate in the 2020 race for the White House as his approval rating sags.
The law, which passed with support from Democrats and Republicans, provides $7.5 billion in funding to build out the nation’s electric vehicle charging network, investments the industry says will inspire more Americans to buy electric vehicles and manufacturers to produce them.
It provides money to build EV chargers along highway corridors and within communities to help facilitate long-distance and local travel.
Biden will highlight the investments during a visit to a General Motors Co electric vehicle assembly plant in Detroit, the largest city in Michigan, a key political battleground state in U.S. elections.
The president will deliver remarks on how the law “builds electric vehicle charging stations across the country to make it easier to drive an electric vehicle, reduces emissions to fight the climate crisis, and creates good-paying, union jobs across the country,” the White House said in a statement.
A broad transition to electric cars and trucks will help the United States meet Biden’s pledge to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.