Vice President Biden joined Michigan Governor Granholm, Senators Levin and Stabenow, and Dow CEO Andrew Liveris for the groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate construction of Dow Kokam's new advanced, large-format battery production facility. The groundbreaking marks the first phase of construction for the high-tech, world-scale manufacturing facility in Midland, Mich., which will produce affordable lithium-ion batteries to supply the growing electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) market.