There’s been a lot of rumors and news reports that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger got rid of his Hummers. Not exactly. A recent interview with Spiegel.de clarified his stance on Hummer ownership. He admits he still has Hummers, but they’re like nothing else –
These are no ordinary Hummers. I had General Motors customize one of them into a hydrogen Hummer. It’s the only Hummer in the world with that motor. I had another converted from diesel to biofuel. But now that I am governor, I am no longer able to drive these cars because I am chauffeured by the California Highway Patrol. My Hummers are usually in the garage.
The governor goes on to explain that becoming “greener” isn’t necessarily about slimming down in size:
The message I am trying to get across is exactly this: Protecting the environment does not require us to be against large SUVs or trucks. Instead we should develop technology to cut down greenhouse gas emissions because that is where the action is — it’s not about what the size of the car is. We just have to redo the vehicles.
According to GM’s CEO Rick Wagoner, Hummer will be the first brand to offer a bio-diesel option across its entire vehicle lineup within three years.