U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited battery manufacturer Ener1, Inc., in Indiana. The company just secured a $118.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to build advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.
U.S. President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address Tuesday said the United States can become the first nation in the world to put 1 million advanced technology vehicles on the road by 2015.
Biden said at the Indiana plant that Washington was "forging a new path forward" that would put the United States in a dominant position in the global community.
"We're not just creating new jobs -- but sparking whole new industries that will ensure our competitiveness for decades to come -- industries like electric vehicle manufacturing," he added.
Obama aims to advance electric vehicles in the U.S. market through consumer incentives, research funding and the construction of new infrastructure to support electric vehicles, the White House said.