• Oct 3rd 2009 at 6:09PM
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Gov. Schwarzenegger learns about the Chevy Volt - click above for high-res image gallery

During the opening day of the 2009 AltCar Expo & Conference here in Santa Monica, Governor Schwarzenegger stopped by for a tour of the green vehicles on display. He learned about the Volt from Dave Barthmuss (above), sat down in a Tango and the Wheego Whip, learned about the MINI E and stopped by the California Fuel Cell Partnership's booth. He also gave a skeptical look at the guy in the booth who was promising more energy out of the system than one puts in. Of course, since this is the Governator we're talking about, he arrived and left in a caravan of large vehicles, but at least he learned a little bit more about his options for getting around should he want to ditch the giant SUVs.


Photos copyright ©2009 Sebastian Blanco / Weblogs, Inc.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      " Of course, since this is the Governator we're talking about, he arrived and left in a caravan of large vehicles,"

      Oh Pah-Leeze, how about making your next report about the fleet of priuses that 'His Highness, Lord Obama' travels in.

      A little objectivity would be nice...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed, this was supposed to be lighthearted. And we did take a critical look at Obama's ride a while back:

        http://green.autoblog.com/2009/01/15/presidents-new-ride-may-be-diesel-powered-but-is-it-emissions/
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chris C

        By "a little objectivity" you mean hating Obama?
        This isn't your megachurch NRA support group, it's a car forum, there's nothing in it favoring either Arnold or Barack. Get a life.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't see ABG particularly favoring Obama over anyone else or overly criticizing the Governator. And the Governator is pretty much into green initiatives and its just a small friendly poke at him. I think common sense dictates why people like Obama or the Governator might need heavy vehicles (main part being armor against bombs and bullets, this is esp true of a presidential fleet).
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are plenty of flex-fuel SUVs that can run on E85.

        Even among SUVs that are pointlessly locked in to running on petroleum only, some at least are hybrids. In my opinion gasoline-electric hybrids are useless at best, but they carry significant credibility among many greens and alt-car fans.

        It's pretty bad form to show up at an event like this in a conventional gasoline only SUV.

        And for a famous green, alt-fuel pushing pol like Arnold to do so reeks of elite hypocrisy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        oh shut up

        the presidents rides around in 747s and oversized helicopters; he doesn't have a choice

        arnold chooses to own hummers
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sebastian: Did Ahhhnold stop by Tesla's area at the show? Rumor had it that he wanted to turn his Roadster back in to them. Maybe they had it on display...?
        • 8 Months Ago
        Hey, you're right, ViaTerra. I wonder if that was the Roadster he rejected...? Curious how he is looking in the other direction in both photos. I also wonder what Mary Nichols was interjecting while Tom Gage was showing him the Mini E. Hmmm. IMHO, he should oust the former and put the latter in her position.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pictures 31 & 32 show him standing right in front of a Roadster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Arnold knows his voters (and opponents). A picture of him getting in and out of a Lotus type of car...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "He also gave a skeptical look at the guy in the booth who was promising more energy out of the system than one puts in."

      A little more detail, please. Which guy/booth are you referring to?
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