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Report: President Obama denied hybrid limo by Secret Service

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Filed under: Hybrid, Sedan, Government/Legal, Cadillac, Military

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You can't always get what you want. President Barack Obama said today that he originally wanted his presidential limo to boast a hybrid drivetrain. So what keeps the ruler of the free world from getting what he asks for? In this case, it was the Secret Service. Obama's body guards said that a hybrid engine couldn't produce the kind of power necessary to scoot the massive Cadillac down the road in an emergency situation. That's saying something, considering the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid boasts a V8 with enough power to have a 7,700-pound towing capacity. Part of us thinks it might also be a security concern to have a vehicle that may be more susceptible to electronic interference from nefarious sources, but that's just a guess.

No one's exactly sure what the Commander-in-Chief's car has under the hood, but it's a good bet that it has eight cylinders and enough torque to move a mountain of armor plating. We hear it's a diesel and we're guessing it probably nets fuel economy on par with most RVs.

Obama's pining for a hybrid limo came to light during a speech about the government's recent purchase of 5,000 of hybrid cars and trucks for federal use. No word on whether or not the executive branch got the General Motors employee discount.

[source: ABC News | Image: Getty]

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so fuel it with biodiesel created from sequestered coal plant carbon emissions... problem solved.

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just an estimate.. doesn't it weigh like 4 tons? lol

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It's not impossible to electrify such a heavy vehicle, but it probably doesn't make sense to do it on a one-off vehicle. The trucks used in the Ports of Los Angeles are EVs.

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It's not impossible to electrify such a heavy vehicle, but it probably doesn't make sense to do it on a one-off vehicle. The trucks used in the Ports of Los Angeles are EVs.

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yeah, but those have the battery room, and prolly don't need to beable to go more than 30 miles, possibly quickly, on a charge at a time...?

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One of our work trucks has the Duramax in it, and that thing has enough torque to move the world! Plus, hauling our 5 ton tool truck, it can still get 19+ mpgs if you keep the speed reined in to about 65. Traveling along the highway at 80 nets about 16-17mpgs. If people suspect it to be a diesel, my money is on the Duramax. Quite powerful, and relatively quiet for a diesel. A very impressive motor.

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