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Biden Finally Makes Tesla Part of Made-in-America EV Message

The president gives manufacturers Rivian and Proterra a shout-out, too.

U.S. President Joe Biden, speaking on American manufacturing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

U.S. President Joe Biden, speaking on American manufacturing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg

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It was inevitable. President Joe Biden finally said the word “Tesla” at a White House briefing on Tuesday. Not only that: he mentioned Amazon-backed Rivian and electric bus maker Proterra, too.

“Since 2021, companies have announced investments totaling more than $200 billion in domestic manufacturing here in America — from iconic companies like GM and Ford building out new electric vehicle production to Tesla, our nation’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer, to innovative younger companies like Rivian building electric trucks or Proterra building electric buses,” Biden said during a speech touting domestic auto manufacturing.