An electric presidential limo? Biden interested in electrifying the Beast

After the president's test drive of the Ford F-150 Lightning, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden talked about adding battery power to the Beast.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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Presidential limo

An electric Beast would probably have a serious amount of torque.

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There are many unknowns about the Beast, aka, the presidential limo, but every decade or so the Beast morphs to fit the latest technology and security for whomever serves as commander-in-chief. However, President Joe Biden is apparently interested in shifting the iconic vehicle in a new direction.

According to comments from Press Secretary Jen Psaki onboard Air Force One, Biden "talked about" electrifying the Beast. She added it's "an objective for him," according to a tweet by CNBC Senior Washington Correspondent Eamon Javers. "Electrified" and "electric" are, however, two very different things. The former could simply mean turning the presidential limo into a hybrid, while the latter denotes power derived only from a battery. It's totally unclear if an electric Beast is even possible, given all the limo's baked-in security and safety elements. Plus, the Beast in EV form would inevitably be a real beast on the scale. The current limo weighs between 15,000 and 20,000 pounds. Fun fact: It's actually built on a General Motors commercial truck platform. Cadillac just gets to slap its design elements on the limo later on.

Neither the White House nor Cadillac immediately returned a request for comment. Cadillac likely knows squat about a future limo contract, but nevertheless, it'd be interesting to see what the brand thinks. After all, its crest logo is proudly displayed proudly everywhere the Beast goes. Perhaps the future Cadillac Lyriq or Celestiq may create a starting point for Biden's dream, electrified Beast.