Detroit motor show returns after 3 years

The Detroit motor show is back after a three-year pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 30 brands are showcasing their latest electric vehicles. That's as the US market starts to shift toward eco-friendly models.

US giants Ford Motor and General Motors are highlighting electric versions of their pickup trucks and SUVs. Both vehicle categories are popular in North America.

US President Joe Biden visited the venue on the opening day. He expressed confidence about the future of America's EV industry. He said, "My economic agenda has ignited a historic manufacturing boom here in America".

Government figures show more than 15 million new vehicles were sold in the United States last year. EVs accounted for 4.1 percent of the total. That was up from 2.2 percent in the previous year.