Wednesday, August 1, 2012
I pulled into a spot near one of the outdoor 120-volt outlets in the company parking lot. And because my co-worker with the plug-in Prius hybrid wouldn't be here this week and I might need the juice to go beyond the remaining 50+ miles of range I had left, I decided to plug in my Ford Focus Electric.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I hate heat.
I don't like the 90-degree (Fahrenheit) temperatures and high-humidity weather. And I definitely don't like exerting myself in this hot environment!! (Sweat! Ewww!)
And neither does my car.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Milestone One: Passing the 500!
|From one of the many info screens on the Focus' dashboard.|
(Sorry for the morning sun glare!)
Needless to say, the car is still running smooth and very quiet! I have to become reacquainted to the fact that walkers in shopping parking lots do not hear me approaching as I hunt for a spot for the FFE. Thankfully, there's plenty of other traffic noise (so why do folks want to make electric cars noisy again?) and I get to act less like a typical New Yorker driver. (BTW: The Focus' horn produces a deep and loud tone, thank you very much! ;-))
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Still, the guy said I might want to open up the box (carefully, of course) and push the "test" button a few times. Apparently, that causes the "connector" in the box to activate, as if I wanted to send 240 volts of electricity at 32 amps to charge the car.
Friday, July 6, 2012
|The battery gauge on the right said I arrived with 55-miles to spare.|
Still, it did juice my Focus Electric completely. And according to the MyFordMobile website, the car was ready to go a full 73 miles by 2AM. (This is the Microsoft "Value Charging" system managed online, which still needs some work, IMHO, despite winning "awards" at CES.) But when I got into the car thus morning, the display said it had a full charge of just 66 miles!!
I wonder if "preconditioning" the car to 70-degrees (while the muggy ambient temperature this morning was 75-degrees) had anything to do with it?
Guess I'm going to have to call Clipper Creek. :(
But I still made it to work with more than enough power to spare—nd in a mere 40-minutes rather than the usual hour commute time.
Man, I am gonna love summer "traffic." :)
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Anyway, directly in front of me in the right lane is a slower van. (I've got my cruise control set to 55 MPH and I'm catching up to you? Seriously?)
As such, this "first drive" for me is a mix of news that is good and bad (well... Maybe "not so good") and (to me) beautiful.
First the "bad"...
Anyway, as from my last post, I plugged into my company's outdoor 120-volt outlet and used the FFE's included Level 1 portable charger.
So, the morning trip is just under 30 miles. You can't see the right of the dashboard display because of sun glare, but it says I have a 30 mile range left if I don't charge.
While that's enough reserved power to get me home, you can bet I'm going to be charging from the company parking lot while I work today. :(
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
|The 240-volt charger for my old Mini-E.|
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
|(Image: Courtesy of Ford's press site)|
Saturday, June 30, 2012
On Friday 22 June 2012, I did something I have never done before in my entire 44+ years of life.
I bought a Ford Focus—an all-electric, battery-powered Ford Focus.
One of the amazing thing about this car—which I leased for three years rather than bought to own outright—is indeed the fact that it does NOT use a single drop of gasoline. But I was previously one of 500 "pioneers" for BMW/Mini and drove an all-electric Mini Cooper for a year. So, as a pioneering techie, an all-electric is nothing terribly exciting to me. (Exciting, yes. But not completely earth-shattering!)