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Published on April 7th, 2010 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Obama's Limo Will Not Get a Hybrid Drivetrain

I try to stay out of politics. It is an ugly, ugly arena, especially these days. I like cars much more.

But so far I have liked Obama’s stance on automobiles. He is pushing for alternative fuels, electric cars, and better fuel efficiency. I can definitely dig that. But in my mind, the best leaders lead by example. Although the Presidential limo is already powered partially by biodiesel, Obama had been pushing to get a hybrid drivetrain fitted to it as well, but the Secret Service seems to have nixed the idea. I just don’t think they are trying hard enough.

When he first came into office, Obama asked if he could get a hybrid limo. I’ve got to give Obama props for at least giving it a shot. The reason why they can’t make it a hybrid really is understandable as the Presidential limo is laden down with so much security and technology that it weighs between two and three times what a “normal” car would weigh. So we’re looking at a vehicle that weighs at least three or four tons, and maybe more. Fitting such a vehicle with a hybrid drivetrain… well, it might not do a whole lot for gas mileage, and where would you cram it?

But this is America! We are builders of great things, and Obama is the man in charge. I believe that if he had truly wanted a hybrid limo, he would get it. Alas, it doesn’t appear to be happening… at least not in this term. A hybrid limo wouldn’t be able to get away quickly enough, and it is important that the President be protected. Still, it would make a powerful statement to the rest of the country… and maybe if they keep at it, it could happen some day soon.

Source: CBS | Image: The Secret Service


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About the Author

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • http://www.musconetcong.com Bill Leavens

    We may be “building great things” here, but do they have to be so freaking ugly??

  • http://www.musconetcong.com Bill Leavens

    We may be “building great things” here, but do they have to be so freaking ugly??

  • http://www.technologyslice.com.au Tech

    The hybrid drive train wouldn’t have the power to move an armored car.

  • http://www.technologyslice.com.au Tech

    The hybrid drive train wouldn’t have the power to move an armored car.

  • Colin

    Power isn’t the issue – locomotives are hybrids. The issue is simplicity. The limo needs to work, it doesn’t need to be an experiment.

    I would prefer a president that leads through law making (or repealing) rather than one who spends their time pushing for projects that help their image.

  • Colin

    Power isn’t the issue – locomotives are hybrids. The issue is simplicity. The limo needs to work, it doesn’t need to be an experiment.

    I would prefer a president that leads through law making (or repealing) rather than one who spends their time pushing for projects that help their image.

  • Colin

    By the way, sign me up for a Duramax powered Cadillac! Imagine hooning in luxury @ 30 mpg!

  • Colin

    By the way, sign me up for a Duramax powered Cadillac! Imagine hooning in luxury @ 30 mpg!

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