Obama Visits Detroit Car Show
When he took office, America's auto industry was in serious trouble, two of its "Big Three" were on the verge of bankruptcy with the potential of a disastrous domino effect that could have worsened the already serious economic downturn in which America and much of the rest of the world found itself in 2008.
That was then: the first year of Barack Obama's first term as President of the United States of America. This is now, 2016, the last year of his second term, which has seen a revived and vigorous auto industry that added more than 600,000 new jobs since 2009. Better yet, from an EV World perspective, the industry, both in the U.S.A. and oversees, have committed to an electric vehicle future from plug-in hybrids to pure electric to fuel cell cars and trucks.
As a "victory lap" of sorts, the President flew into Detroit for a whirlwind tour that included a stop at the North American International Auto Show at Kobo Center, just down the street from General Motors World Headquarters. As part of his tour, GM executives, lead by company President Dan Ammann and GM North America President Alan Batey introduced him to the new Chevrolet Bolt pure electric car. With a reported driving range of 200 miles (320 km) on a charge, it will be the first consumer-class EV to offer performance comparable to Tesla's $70,000 Model S, but at half the price.
While in Detroit, he also addressed UAW workers at the GM UAW Center. Here is the video from that event. Fast forward to the 40:50 point in the video for the start of the speech. Here is also the official White House coverage of today's events.
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