V.P. Biden Visits Greenfield Battery Company Touting More Advanced Cars By 2015

By Scott Sarvay

January 26, 2011 Updated Jan 26, 2011 at 6:29 PM EDT

GREENFIELD, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Vice President Joe Biden was back in Indiana on Tuesday.

Biden toured the "Ener-1, Inc." plant that in produces advanced lithium-ion battery systems for electric vehicles, grid energy storage and industrial electronics Greenfield.

Following a tour of the Ener-1 factory, Biden met with workers to discuss the Obama Administration’s new plan for reaching the ambitious goal of putting 1 million advanced technology vehicles on the road by 2015. A goal highlighted by President Obama during Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

Biden says, “A year and a half ago this administration made a judgment that was viewed as controversial, we decided number one we were not going to let the automobile industry just collapse we were not going to walk away and let it crumble. We said will give you help if you fundamentally alter the way you do business and get into the game and they did.

And guess what. Guess what. General Motors for example is now on the verge of retaking Toyota as the biggest automobile manufacturer in the world. General Motors, Chrysler and Ford are on their own hiring new people and building new products. We're back in the game.”

Ener 1 where the Vice President spoke supplies batteries being used by Think Global, which is making electric cars in Elkhart.

Ener-1received a nearly $120 million federal grant to expand battery production for hybrid and electric vehicles in 2009.

Biden was last in Indiana in November when he and President Obama visited the Chrysler plant in Kokomo.

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