There's been some chatter around the net in the past week about Obama's Presidential Limos and the fact that they aren't hybrids. It was a top center headline on the Drudge Report a few days ago, Rush Limbaugh was going crazy claiming it was proof we're exaggerating the energy crisis, and even Treehugger took a look at the possible path to Presidential hybridocity.
What a non-issue.
The first priority for the Presidential Limo is to keep the President safe. It needs to be able to stop bullets, bombs, blasts, and slings and arrows while being fast enough to escape and evade any sort of further attacks.
It's really more tank than limo, rocking five inch glass windows and advanced multi-layer armor. Owing to the obvious security concerns, no actual details are released about the design but it's safe to speculate that it will be powered by high end diesel motors burning a kerosene based jet fuel. Fuel sippers they are not.
Would it be nice if the Presidential Limos were hybrid? Yeah, sure. But it'd be symbolically nice. We're talking about a guy who has his own jumbo jet. A guy whose jumbo jet has a backup jumbo jet that follows it wherever it goes. A guy who lives in a gazillion square foot home (though he does work from home, points for him there).
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