President Joe Biden stops to talk to the media as he drives a Ford F-150 Lightning truck at Ford Dearborn Development Center, May 18, 2021, in Dearborn, Mich.InternationalIndiaAfricaUS President Joe Biden’s spokesperson put the brakes on an attempt by US media to squeeze out a denunciation of Ford Motor Company’s new electric-powered pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning.”There was a report last week about how Ford’s F-150 Lightning, their electric EV truck, is contributing to high pollution and deforestation in the Amazon,” a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during Monday’s press briefing.“Does President Biden regret endorsing that truck back in 2021? And has anyone talked to Ford about how they should source aluminum for the frame from a different mine?””No, [he] does not regret that and [I] don’t have any conversation to read out on that,” Jean-Pierre replied.
President Biden test drives Ford’s new electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck pic.twitter.com/A3jrsIi5mR
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“This sucker’s quick,” Biden quipped to reporters from behind the wheel. It has a zero-to-sixty acceleration of just 4.5 seconds, according to the company.“The future of the auto industry is electric – there’s no turning back,” Biden later said at a press conference. “The real question is whether we will lead or we’ll fall behind in the race for the future.”Ford’s Lightning recently faced a pause in its production at Dearborn after the massive lithium-ion battery on one of the trucks erupted in flames during a pre-delivery quality check at the facility. The automaker has set the lofty goal of selling 150,000 Lightnings this year – 10 times what it sold last year.