Joyriding Joe: Biden drives around the White House in a 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 backs front-seat breathalyzers
President Joe Biden took a hybrid Jeep Wrangler for a spin around the South Lawn of the White House – as he touted new battery technology going into the electric fleet.
‘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 breathalizer 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.
Earlier, in his remarks to lawmakers, Biden, a car buff, said he told a GM official 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.
Biden says he wants to drive an electric Corvette one day
Biden spoke about electric cars and his eviction policy after his speech
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.