Granholm back in Michigan, gets a glimpse of the “debt-free” Hummer EV

Detroit – Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm returned to Michigan on Thursday to present the president’s Build Back Better agenda for infrastructure investments, including support for the automotive industry’s emission-free transformation.

The former governor of Michigan used General Motors Co.’s Factory Zero at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center as a backdrop for his visit as the former incinerator shifts to manufacturing fully electric vehicles, starting later this year with the GMC Hummer EV pickup truck.

Granholm toured Metro Detroit on the same day that President Joe Biden, along with leaders of the Detroit Three automakers, presented a plan to gradually raise mileage and emission standards over the next five years and set a goal of making half of all new vehicles sold to emissions 2030 -free.

Detroit automakers GM, Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis NV said they will aim to sell 40% to 50% of emission-free vehicles annually by 2030.

“Detroit Three is in the White House and we’re here showing exactly what they’re talking about, which means we’ll have 50% of the new vehicles manufactured by GM, Ford … be completely electric,” Granholm said. “And that vehicle, the Hummer … is so debt-free. You can drive a big old car without debt without having to worry about emissions.”

Energy Secretary and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will visit General Motors Co.'s Factory Zero Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant on Thursday, August 5th.

Granholm added that the dedicated efforts of the Detroit Three automakers mean that “we will build the supply chains here in Michigan, we will build the vehicles here in Michigan, Michigan is the spearhead of the future of the electric car.”

The president’s best surrogates travel across the country as part of a “massive push” to unveil his $ 1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, which includes investments in electric vehicle infrastructure. Granholm made several stops on Thursday in Metro Detroit, which began with a tour of a Magna International Inc. factory in Holly and ended with a visit to GM’s only assembly plant in Detroit.

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