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Biden provides .7 billion to states, including Pennsylvania, for work on electric vehicles

By MATTHEW DALY, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is awarding nearly $2 billion in grants to help restart or expand electric vehicle production and assembly in eight states, including the contested presidential districts of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

The Energy Department will award grants totaling $1.7 billion to create or preserve thousands of union jobs and support the auto-focused communities that have long powered the U.S. economy, the White House said Thursday. In addition to the three swing states, grants will also be awarded to electric vehicle facilities in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland and Virginia.

The grants cover a broad range of the automotive supply chain, including parts for electric motorcycles and school buses, hybrid powertrains, batteries for heavy-duty vehicles and electric SUVs, the White House said.

Harley-Davidson will receive $89 million to expand a factory in York, Pennsylvania, to produce electric motorcycles, and the Volvo Group will receive $208 million to upgrade three manufacturing plants that supply and build Mack and Volvo heavy-duty trucks. The factories are located in Macungie, Pennsylvania, Dublin, Virginia, and Hagerstown, Maryland.

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“Building a clean energy economy can and should be a win-win for union autoworkers and automakers,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. “This investment will create thousands of good-paying, union manufacturing jobs and preserve even more – from Lansing, Michigan, to Fort Valley, Georgia – by helping auto companies retool, restart, and rehire in the same factories and communities.”

The grants, funded by the landmark 2022 climate bill, would help him deliver on his promise to ensure the future of America’s auto industry is made by American union workers, Biden said.

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The donation announcement comes as Biden rejects calls to resign following his disastrous debate performance last month. Biden, 81, has acknowledged his poor performance but dismissed it as a “bad night,” even as many Democrats in Congress, including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have refused to give him a full vote of confidence.

Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump continues to maintain a firm grip on the Republican Party, despite being the first former president to be convicted of a serious crime.

The new grants complement the $177 billion the private sector has invested in electric vehicle and battery manufacturing since Biden took office, Granholm and other officials said.

The allocation of the funds will be subject to negotiations to ensure commitments to workers and communities are met, officials said. The Energy Department will also conduct environmental reviews this year before awarding funds.

If awarded as planned, the selected projects would create more than 2,900 jobs and help keep about 15,000 union members employed across all 11 facilities, the White House said. The grants come after successful union campaigns from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Fort Valley, Georgia, the White House said.

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