From its arid desert climate to its mercurial, centre-right politics, the southern border state of Arizona hardly seems to have much in common with Canada beyond winter-wary snowbirds.
But U.S. President Joe Biden’s controversial plan to use protectionist tax incentives to promote American-made electric vehicles, which threaten misery for the Canadian auto sector, is making for all kinds of strange bedfellows.
With its proximity to both Silicon Valley and the U.S.-Mexico border — without the high taxes and regulation of tech-savvy neighbour California — the Grand Canyon State is striving to play host to the looming EV revolution — a vision endangered by Biden’s scheme.
“We’re going to be one of the next hubs in the United States for next-generation electric vehicle manufacturing,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
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