President Joe Biden raced the son of Colin Powell in an episode of Jay Leno’s car show Jay Leno’s Garage Wednesday night, pushing his Corvette to over 100 mph as Secret Service agents watched.
Biden, who is 79, drove around the James J. Rowley Secret Service training facility in Beltsville, Maryland, and said he missed being able to go for drives. Presidents, past and present, are not allowed to drive on open roads as a safety precaution.
“I miss it,” Biden said. “Every once in a while, I take the Corvette out of the garage and just run up and down the driveway.”
Biden raced Michael Powell, the son of Colin Powell, whom Biden raced in a segment of Jay Leno’s show in 2016. Biden was declared the winner in 2016, but no winner was chosen in Wednesday’s episode despite the president pushing 118 mph.
“I’m frankly here to settle the score. For years, he was very bitter,” Michael Powell said, referring to his father. “He said he had won the race, but it was lost in editing. And he said that if I ever had the chance, I had to make that right.”
Powell drove a 2015 Corvette with a 455 horsepower V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, and Biden drove his 1967 Stingray Corvette, with 350 horsepower and a four-speed manual gearbox, according to the Daily Mail.
The segment focused on how Biden, who calls himself a “car guy,” and his administration are working to transition the country to more electric vehicles. The Biden administration announced it was installing 500,000 charging stations for EVs across the country last year.
“It’s a game-changer. You got 40% of all pollution, all the CO2 going up, is from the tailpipe. And imagine if we just changed that,” the president said.
The charging stations must be placed at 50-mile intervals along interstate highways and must be within 1 mile of a highway for easy accessibility, according to new standards by the Department of Transportation.
Although electric vehicle sales have doubled since Biden took office last year, EVs only make up approximately 1% of the 250 million cars, trucks, and SUVs in the United States.
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