Joe Biden battled Colin Powell’s kid in an episode of Jay Leno’s car show, driving his favorite Corvette faster than 100 miles per hour.
In October 2016, Biden came on Leno’s show as vice president.
Biden, who frequently professes his passion for automobiles, raced Powell’s son Michael on Wednesday’s show.
Powell passed away in October at age 84.
This summer, on Wednesday’s show, Biden and Leno reunited and Biden drove Leno’s 1967 Corvette Stingray around the James J. Rowley Secret Service training facility in Beltsville, Maryland.
In 2016, Powell was defeated by Biden, and Michael, age 59, vowed to exact revenge on his father.
“I’m here to settle the score,” declared Michael. Years after years, he was quite bitter. His claim that he had won the race was lost in editing. And he told me that if I ever got the opportunity, I had to make amends.
Biden laughed and pointed to his opponent’s automobile, asking, “Is that 10,000 horsepower?!
In an episode of Jay Leno’s show, Joe Biden races Colin Powell’s son Michael. This is a rematch of a 2016 contest between Biden and Powell, which Biden won.
Leno stands in the midst of Biden’s Corvette and Michael Powell’s while the president stands on the starting line.
Biden, Michael Powell, and Leno evaluate one another prior to the election.
Leno serves as the starter, with Biden driving a 1967 vehicle and Powell a 2015 one.
Biden’s 1967 automobile (left) appears to be overtaken by the far newer model (right).
Michael was driving a 2015 Corvette with a V8 engine that produced 455 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission, valued at $55,000.
Biden was racing him in his $150,000, 350-horsepower 1967 Stingray with four-speed manual transmission.
The race is initiated by Leno, and the president drives his convertible to 118 miles per hour while appearing composed.
The Secret Service operatives observe with anxiety.
Leno joked, “Uh oh, I am in so much danger.”
They declined to announce a winner politely, but Powell’s automobile was well ahead.
Biden expressed regret to Leno over his inability to drive his car.
‘I miss it,’ he remarked.
Occasionally, I take the Corvette out of the garage and simply drive it up and down the driveway.
The president and Leno, both self-proclaimed “car guys,” rave about electric vehicles while driving the new electrified classic F-100.
The president also gave Michael Powell a ride in a new electric Ford while complimenting EV technology advancements.
“I miss that,” Biden said of driving to Leno. I occasionally take my Corvette out of the garage and drive it up and down the driveway.
Biden also described how he worked with auto unions to ensure they were not excluded from the transition to electric automobiles.
Biden says as he drives the truck with Leno in the passenger seat, “I’m a labor man, and I believe that organized labor has been screwed.”
He praised the funding for EV charging stations contained in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
We will install 500,000 electric charging stations across the United States so that you can drive across the country.
Biden stated, “So now labor across the board realizes that this is the solution to their financial stability, and they are doing the right thing.”
Biden has regularly stated that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the CHIPS Plus Act have contributed approximately $135 billion to the production of electric vehicles.
“This is a game-changer.” The tailpipe is responsible for forty percent of all pollution, or all the CO2 that is being released. Imagine if we simply altered that,’ remarked the president.
In August 2020, Biden will tweet a video of himself driving his 1967 Corvette Stingray.
He captioned it, “I’m trying to rack up the miles before the Secret Service stops me.”
However, electric vehicles require electricity to operate, and according to the Energy Department, only approximately 20% of U.S. electricity comes from renewable sources.
Biden pledged that this number would increase as a result of new advancements in wind energy.
Biden told Leno, ‘We’re going to be in a situation where we’re moving toward wind power in this nation in a massive degree.’
What’s occurring is that you now have battery capacity that you can store in your basement, so that when the wind stops blowing and the sun stops shining, you can continue to function.
The 500,000 charging stations must be located at 50-mile intervals along interstate highways and within one mile of the roadway for accessibility.
The initial funding for the initiative was distributed last month.
Electric vehicle sales have risen since Biden entered office, but they still represent a minuscule percentage of the 250 million automobiles, trucks, and SUVs on the road in the United States today.