Biden zips around WH in hybrid Jeep Wrangler (and demands to test the first electric Corvette) as he pushes for HALF of new cars to be emission-free by 2030 AND front-seat breathalyzers
- Biden took the electric Jeep Wrangler for a spin at the White House after signing the executive order
- He ran towards the vehicle, took his jacket off and hopped in to do laps of the lawn during the event
- Admitted that the Secret Service said ‘Oh God’ when he demanded to be the first to drive an electric Corvette
- The president spoke about competition over electric vehicles with China as he pushed his new goals
- He wants half of all new cars to be emission-free by 2030 and backed in-care breathalyzers
- He was joined by top Democratic lawmakers from Michigan and other states
- Supports in-car breathalyzers he says would help people who ‘have a couple drinks’ and don’t realize it
‘Have you guys driven an electric vehicle?’ the president asked a group of reporters after he completed his circuit. ‘You don’t hear a thing,’ he said.
Clearly in his element, Biden jumped out of the gray jeep and fielded several questions from the press.
Asked by DailyMail.com about language in the new infrastructure bipartisan bill about mandatory breathalyzer technology for cars, Biden backed the idea.
‘You don’t hear a thing,’ Biden said after taking a test drive of a Jeep hybrid vehicle
‘In large part it would just help the driver,’ Biden said. ‘Because lots of times people have a couple drinks and don’t realize it,’ he added.
‘That’s a good idea, I think,’ Biden said.
Earlier, in his remarks to lawmakers, Biden, a car buff, said he told GM chief Mary Barra that when the company finally makes an electric Corvette, he wants to be the first to drive it.
‘When they make the first electric Corvette, I get to drive it,’ he quipped.
‘Right, Mary? You think I’m kidding— I’m not kidding!’
He also leered at one of the electric vehicles parked in front of the White House.
‘You see that sucker over there? 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds – it’s all electric!’ he exclaimed.
The president took his jacket off and ran to the Wrangler to take it for a spin after signing the executive order
Biden told the crowd he will be the first to drive an electric Corvette when it has been manufactured
Biden has been championing electric cars since he took office as part of his bid to dramatically reduce carbon emissions
Biden stuck to the paths as he passed a view of the Lincoln Memorial in front of the White House
He also spoke at length about his administration’s latest eviction moratorium. He explained that he spoke to a group of constitutional scholars he has consulted in the past, and once again acknowledged some weighed in against his move.
He said he left it to the CDC to make its decision.
‘I said okay thank you,’ Biden explained. ‘I can’t guarantee that a court won’t rule that we don’t have that authority,’ he added.
On cars, Biden said there was a realization on the part of business and labor that ‘this is the future.’
He spoke about U.S. taxpayer investments in battery technology over decades. ‘We didn’t take advantage of it. We didn’t move on it. China moved. China now owns the market,’ he said.
Top automakers Ford, Chrysler, and Jeep were represented – but not Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who complained the exclusion was odd on Twitter.
The White House suggested it was because Musk’s isn’t a union shop.
His remarks were billed as strengthening ‘American leadership’ on electric cars.
Biden spoke about electric cars and his eviction policy after his speech