NPR reports that Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm uses a Ford Mustang Mach-E, produced in Mexico, to get Americans to buy EVs supporting the “Bidenomics” program.
According to NPR, the Granholm family has just transitioned from a Chevy Bolt to Ford’s electric Mustang, the Mach-E.
The vehicle is produced in Mexico, despite the Energy Secretary and Biden administration officials advocating for local EV production to strengthen the American middle class and prevent climate change.
Ford Mustang Mach Es for the North American market are assembled at the company’s Cuautitlan factory in southern Mexico. The model is qualified for tax credits under Biden’s landmark green energy and environment measure, the Inflation Reduction Act.
According to Ford, the Mach-E EV assembly factory in Mexico employs over 1,000 workers, 885 of whom are paid hourly.
The DOE under Granholm released $12 billion to American factories in August to be adapted to produce electric vehicles.
After announcing the retrofitting funds, President Joe Biden stated that under Bidenomics, developing a clean energy economy can and should give a win-win opportunity for car businesses and unionized workers who have underpinned the American economy for decades.
Biden said the money from the Investing in America program will achieve that aim by generating car manufacturing jobs here in the United States and helping firms avoid painful plant closings — and to retool, reboot, and rehire in the same factories and neighborhoods with high pay.
While promoting electric vehicles in the Southeast in June, Granholm and her crew stumbled across a number of problems. According to the NPR report, a Georgia family who had to wait to charge their electric vehicle because of a charging station reservation blunder reported the employee of Granholm’s campaign who had driven ahead of the convoy in a gas-powered vehicle to the police.