After days of vote tallying and a bit of controversy, major news outlets declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election over Donald Trump in a rather tight race. As is typically the case, the results of these elections promises to have a major effect on the way automakers do business for the next four or more years, and both Ford and GM were quick to issue statements following Biden’s declared victory.
“We congratulate President-elect Biden and the newly and re-elected officials across all levels of government,” Ford’s statement read. It is our hope these leaders will focus on bringing the country together and pursue policies that encourage U.S. manufacturing, sustainability, and global economic stability.”
“We look forward to working with the new administration and incoming Congress on policies that support our customers, dealers, and employees, help strengthen our manufacturing presence in the United States, and advance our vision of an all-electric, zero-emissions future,” GM said in its statement.
Joe Biden has already talked extensively about his plans for the environment, which involve lowering emissions and combating climate change. Regardless, Ford has continued to push forward in this regard, recently signing a binding agreement with the state of California that will compel it to follow the state’s vehicle emissions standards moving forward, which are currently stricter than those imposed by the federal government.
The automaker also recently signed a new labor deal with Unifor that includes a retooling of the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant to build a total of five new all-electric vehicles beginning in 2024, with the first such vehicle scheduled to roll off the assembly line in 2025. In the meantime, FoMoCo’s first-ever all-electric vehicle – the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E – just entered production, and the Ford F-150 EV and E-Transit, the Ford Transit EV, are both scheduled to launch in mid-2022.