How Many MPGs Does Obama's Bus Get? Secret Service Keeps it Secret

By Penny Starr | October 21, 2011 | 3:02pm EDT

( - When asked U.S. Secret Service Spokesman George Ogilvie on Friday how many miles per gallon the service gets from the $1.1-million bus it has been using to convey President Barack Obama on his recent "jobs" tours, Ogilvie said he was declining to comment on the question for "security purposes."

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Hemphill Brothers, the Tennessee company that provided the motor for the bus, also declined to answer any questions about it.

According to the Web site of Holiday Motor Coach, a company that produces customized buses, their vehicles typically get about 6 mpg on the highway. But their vehicles, presumably, don't typically have the sort of security upgrades required in a vehicle carrying the president.

In July, Obama signed an agreement with 13 major automobile manufacturers to increase the average fuel economy for their vehicles sold in the U.S. to 54.5 mpg by 2025.

President Barack Obama on his bus tour. (AP Photo)

“This agreement on fuel standards represents the single most important step we’ve ever taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Obama said in a press release issued by the White House on the agreement. “We’ve set an aggressive target and the companies are stepping up to the plate. By 2025, the average fuel economy of their vehicles will nearly double to almost 55 miles per gallon.”

Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar/Land Rover, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volvo signed on to the president’s plan.



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