Ford issued a press release via Twitter confirming the Biden visit and adding, “We’re honored to host President Biden at Ford Motor Company and excited to preview for him the new F-150 Lightning and therefore the exciting technologies that made it possible.”
Ford has been talking about its electric version of the F-150 pickup for years now, and with the large debut finally approaching May 19, the automaker has festivities planned—even installing an enormous projector screen on the side of its World Headquarters building in Dearborn, Michigan. But first, the automaker will reportedly welcome President Biden to Michigan, where he’ll get a sneak peek at the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning before the official unveiling.
The Detroit News reported, citing unnamed sources, that Biden is predicted at Ford on Tuesday, May 18, and can tend a tour of the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center where the Lightning are going to be built. He’s also expected to urge an early check out the pickup and ask Ford engineers about its development. The News reports he will speak publicly during the visit. (Biden is pictured above visiting the Ford booth at the 2017 Detroit auto show.)
Biden’s American Jobs Plan includes $174 billion earmarked for electric vehicles including charging-station infrastructure, with the intention to “create good jobs electrifying vehicles.” A White House fact sheet on the proposal calls the $174 billion an “investment to win the EV market” against foreign competitors.