President Biden is open to the electrified ‘beast’ presidential limo

President Joe Biden was in Michigan today where the all-new electric Ford F-150 Lightning showed up, giving us a tantalizing (but slightly obscured, for the most part) view of the future of America’s pickup truck. It’s just one of many electric trucks in the works, part of an effort to position a top-selling segment to compete in a future less reliant on fossil fuels. According to a report, this Ford isn’t the only electric vehicle that has Biden excited: Apparently, an electrified presidential limo is being considered.

PSAki revealed that not only is the Biden administration considering an electric beast, but it’s something Biden has talked about that he would like to see happen. But if, and when, this happens is a matter of debate. The last two beasts served for just under a decade, and President Trump had only recently put the last beast into service in 2018. With so much detail on the presidential state car, as officially known , a secret, it’s unclear how long it would take to order a new one, or whether the change had to wait until the current Beast reaches its natural retirement age.

Electrification would bring a new dimension to the various security and protection systems. Contemporary rechargeable EV batteries can be flammable and difficult to extinguish, so any beast using a significant amount should prevent them from damaging themselves and protect occupants should the pack catch fire. And for such a heavy vehicle, if it was just a BEV, it would have to carry a massive load of batteries. A racing-style fuel cell – which contains a flammable liquid inside a hard shell with a flexible foam-filled bladder inside – would be a no-brainer if an internal combustion engine was also on board.

Given Biden’s interest in cars in general, and American alternative-fuel cars in particular, an electrified beast seems like a no-brainer if the technical challenges of building a car can be overcome.