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!)
|This 2012 Ford Focus Electric is MINE!|
Or, at least it's mine for three years!
This is important to me for several reasons. (And hopefully, I'll get into more about those reasons in future posts.) But one of the primary reasons: I fully believe this kind of technology is good for the nation, the nation's car industry, and me. And, I'm putting my money where my mouth is.
|My "old-faithful" CR-V weathering a classic NYC snow storm|
Then along comes this American car company—a pioneer, back in the day—that is making a battery electric vehicle (BEV) that, in my opinion, could ultimate help on so many levels. So, can this car help put a truly iconic car company back on the map of global makers? Does it deserve true American consideration and put this country back on track?
And so begins the "grand" experiment for me personally. Can an American car company produce a pure electric (and therefore very fuel-efficient) car that could rival—or even beat—an import like Nissan's Leaf? (Props to them, by the way, for having the corporate gumption to commit to the idea that all-electric cars will be a part of its line-up of global consumer vehicles!)
|The 20-page "quick reference" guide to the Focus Electric.|
Still, I have many days and commuting road trips—three years' worth, if all goes well!—to make further discoveries and help in my evaluation. And this bit of personal backgrounder (i.e. I'm not a "greenie" but a "geeky techie!") gives you some sense of how I'm judging this car. But, if there's anything you want to know or think I should consider about this car or EVs in general, well... Won't you join me on this journey?