In a little meeting with the press last week, President Obama said that contrary to his request, his presidential Cadillac limousine will not be going hybrid to save planet Earth.
“I asked can we make these cars hybrids,” Obama said at a town hall in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Secret Service said no. Now, the reason is not because Secret Service are bad guys. It’s because the cars that I’m in are like tanks.”
Basically, Obama’s limousine weighs about two to three times more than a normal car. Meaning that if it’s attacked, a hybrid system wouldn’t provide enough performance in terms of acceleration over a standard gasoline engine.
The Obama administration announced last week that they have purchased more than 5,000 hybrids as a part of the federal fleet – 100 of them being the Chevrolet Volt.
Source: ABC News