Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) slammed Ford on Friday for partnering with Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) to build batteries for its electric vehicles, saying that he was “totally opposed” to U.S. taxpayer money going to the company through the electric vehicle subsidies in the Inflation Reduction Act.
Manchin, who is the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and has advocated for boosting domestic production of the batteries used in electric vehicles, adamantly said he did not want taxpayer money going to a Chinese company.
“I’ll be damned if I’m going to give them $900 out of $7,500, to let it go to China for basically a product we started,” said Manchin. “You’re telling me we don’t have the smart people
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