Posts tagged: Ford Focus Electric
Driving an electric car these days comes with a caveat you won’t find in the owner’s manual. Somewhere in the small print of the lease agreement a line reads: “By agreeing to these terms you accept guerilla public relations duties for electric vehicles everywhere.” During my loan of a Ford Focus Electric, literally everyone I spoke with about the car felt obligated to bring up a laundry list of reasons they thought electric cars would never catch on. Eventually I collapsed under the negativity and phoned Gil Portalatin, Ford Hybrid and Battery Electrification Systems expert for support.
Electric cars are a lot like Pit Bulls. No matter how many supportive things are said about them, they still frighten a good portion of the population. Still, under the right circumstances, driving an electric car is a realistic proposition for those willing to take a few concessions on the chin. Seattle for example, has developed an advanced charging infrastructure where early adopters can swear off gasoline completely. As a coffee-swilling member of the Emerald paradise, I tightened the Velcro straps on my sandals (to keep my socks up) and decided to see if I too could survive a week driving an electric car - a Ford Focus to be exact.