New EVs in focus at Detroit Auto Show

STORY: Automakers are showing off new electric vehicles in Detroit

at North America's largest auto show

[Location: Detroit, Michigan]

This Dodge Daytona is being billed as the 'first electric muscle car'

Chevrolet also displayed electric 'Blazer' and 'Equinox' models

[Douglas Houlihan, Executive chief engineer, General Motors]

“You get 557 horsepower, 648-pound feet of torque and a ‘WOW’ mode called ‘wide open watts’. That’s where we inject a little bit more current into the inverters and we get 0-60 times in just under 4 seconds. So, great performance on the SS.”

Automakers say they'll be ready to go all-electric, one day

[Vince Carioti, Director of E-mobility, Phoenix Contact]

"There’s development time it takes. We’re such a society that’s instant, you know, go through the drive-thru and get everything instantly. I think it’s just going to take some time to get there.”

When U.S. President Joe Biden visited Motor City

he announced the approval of $900 million in funding

to build EV charging stations in 35 states

[Joe Biden, U.S. President]

“You all know I'm a car guy. I'm here because the auto show and the vehicles here give me so many reasons to be optimistic about the future. And I really mean it. Just looking at them and driving them, just gives me a sense of optimism, although I like the speed too.”

“Come on, jump in, I’ll give you a ride to Washington. It’s an Uber.”