[UPDATE 2014: Upon further review, the Chevy Volt's license plate has been grayed out. I had assumed that the Volt would be used as the previous vehicles, the Tahoes and Town Cars, had been used. But now I can see a possible security issue.]
Remember the former mayor’s Chevy Tahoe with an engine bigger than that found in the some San Francisco City buses? It was necessary for “safety,” or something.
Here it is, parked in a bike lane for an hour or two on a Golden Gate Park “Healthy Sunday.”
Anyway, that machine is long-gone now, so here’s the new ride for our new “interim” Mayor – it’s a Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid.
See? It was ordered a while ago. I think the Feds paid for about half of its $40k or so price.
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All right, let’s review. Despite what people at City Hall are saying…
Let’s see here, even if you keep this rig charged up and topped off with juice all the time, it’s going to burn fuel from its gas tank, right?
“The Mountain Mode option gathers an energy reserve in the lithium-ion battery so that the car has the full power of both the gasoline engine and the electric powertrain behind it for, say, navigating a series of San Francisco inclines.”
Or I don’t know, just drain every last drop of gas from the tank and fill it up with sawdust and then see how far you and your Volt make it, I don’t care.
Or, just get a Nissan Leaf – that probably would have been the better move, considering the stated parameters.
Anyway, those are the differences between the old and new Mayors so far – not much else has changed.