If you followed the first few post you probably wonder what happened to me and my Focus Electric. Well my wife went in the hospital the middle of July, 2017 with several medical issues and was still in the hospital the end of July when I picked up my new car. Her issues continued and she passed away on August 16, 2017. So my life really took a big spin. We had been married 33 years. So after a few weeks off work, and a memorial service I went back to work and continue to adjust to my new life alone.

The Focus has performed better than I ever hoped it would. I drive my 60 mile commute to work and plug it in and drive it home and plug it in. On my days off work the 110 mile range works just fine for my errands. I drive it almost every day, after 5 months the Focus has 12,500 miles on the speedo. Figuring the 22 MPG that my Taurus got at $2.10 a gallon that is $1,192.00 that I have saved in gasoline purchases. I can’t tell how much it is costing me to charge the car since I had a new air and heat system installed in my house just before I got the Focus. Needless to say the new air conditioner has cut my electric bill to half what it was before, even with me charging the Focus every night.

All of the concerns I had about going electric ended up to be no problem at all. I drive the car as fast as I want, I run the A/C and the heat as much as I want and when I arrive at each end of my commute I always  have a little range left in the battery. It is a joy to drive.

So after a few months of back and forth to work and my weekend trips to town, my home is 10 miles from the nearest town, I decided it was time to push the limits. I planned a trip to Tyler Texas. It is 77 miles from my house to a cousin house in Tyler, Texas. So my plan was to drive a route that would put at least 101 miles on my car, charge the car while I hung out with the family and return home. It was getting to be fall here when I made this trip. The temperature was 45 degrees when I left home. The cooler temperatures were effecting my range so just turning on the heater dropped my range to below 100 miles. So I traveled with no heat and even using the heated seats cut a mile or so off my range. So I was cold. I set the nav for my cousins address and, using my nav system, I located  a Charge Point charging station close to their house. As I drove I watched the “surplus miles” reading on the dash and tried to drive in a manner that I didn’t loose any surplus miles. I drove at about 55 MPH most of the way. I was able to play with my speed, accelerating slowly up to about 65 then letting  the car cost down to about 50 to regain some charge. It did add a little to my range. I would loose a mile on my surplus so I would do the cost and speed up thing a few times and gain the mile back. I got to Tyler, picked up my cousin and we drove to find the charging station then I drove a little more to accomplish my goal of 101 miles on this trip. The Focus was down to less than 10 miles range  left in the battery. I pulled up to the charging station plugged it in and waved my Charge Point card by the reader on the station and it started charging but would stop. So I went through the motions again. It started charging, then stopped. So I thought the charging station was broken. I was out of range and running out of options. I could go the the cousins house and plug into their 110 volt outlet and stay the night but staying thy night wasn’t the plan. I had seen a Nissan dealership close by while looking for the charging station so I called them and ask if they would let me charge. They did let me use one of their charging stations and I was off to have my visit with the family. I was able to monitor the state of charge on the APP on my phone and when it was full I went back and picked up the car. Finished my visit and returned home with my heat on since I wasn’t trying to set a distance record on my way home.

The next day was Sunday, at the restaurant where I had lunch my debit card wouldn’t work. My next stop was the car wash, my debit card didn’t work. So Monday I called the bank.It seems the bank had issued me a new debit card and I had not activated it in the proper time frame so the bank stopped my old card. That old card was the card I had on file with Charge Point. That is why the charging station kept shutting off.

What an adventure. Right after this trip I thought maybe it is better to keep the car in town on my safe little trip to work and back, or just on my local shopping trips where I know where I can charge. But now that it has been awhile I might plan another excursion out some where a little far.

As a side note after driving the Focus 5 months I have raised the hood one time to add washer fluid. And my low tire light came on the same month, I thought maybe I had a nail in a tire. The tires were just low. I had never checked the air in the tires. I work for at the Ford dealership, I really should take better care of my car.


Still patiently waiting

So it is now July 11th, almost four months since I ordered my Ford Focus Electric. I have seen the invoice for my car. I was built on June 29th. Great. I’m thinking it should be just a few days for shipping and I’ll have my new car. July 11th, Twelve days later it is still sitting in Michigan waiting on a train ride. They are telling me July 29th to August 2nd. What a disappointment. But I guess Ill survive and The Taurus will get about 7 or 8 more tanks of gas. That’s almost a car payment. What the heck I’m sure the oil companies need that income.


So it has been a few weeks since I first wrote about the BIG DECISION. On Wednesday, 5-31-17, it will have been ten weeks since I placed my order. Initially my salesman estimated 13 weeks for my car to arrive. After weeks of waiting Ford finally assigned my order a VIN number and we can see my order on their doc, scheduled for the third week of July. That will be about seventeen weeks from order date to build date. I’m hoping now to get my car by my birthday, August, 1. I don’t know that I have ever had to wait this long for any purchase I’ve ever made.

In these last few weeks I have gotten my charging station installed in my garage just waiting on the electrician to install a new circuit for my charger. Now every time  I walk through my garage and see the charging station and the empty stall where my new electric car will be I am reminded of the car that I don’t have yet.

When I first ordered the car I ordered a owners manual for it. I was excited and wanted to learn as much as I could about the car. Now, from time to time, I still pick up the owners manual and read a few pages over again to try to get familiar with the information screens so I will know which ones to use while driving but it is hard to understand completely not having the car here to look the screens as I read.

Nine more weeks of waiting, what a teaching experience. HOW TO BE PATIENT. Hope I am still excited about this purchase in nine more weeks.



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I have never been very green when it comes to taking care of our world. At times I have recycled my glass and aluminum bottles and cans but when our city leaders decided all the recycle bins at our schools in Terrell looked tacky and removed them it was fine with me to just add the recycle to my trash and fill their land fill.

I have worked for Ford dealers for many years and have never thought much about the hybrid vehicles we sell, I have always driven gas powered vehicles and was happy if I got 25 mpg. My commute is long and I fill my car or truck up every three days. That is about $30.00 for my car or $50.00 for the truck every three days. So after years of every three days another $30.00, and another, and another I started to think about an electric vehicle. Didn’t even consider a hybrid cause I would still be hooked to the gas stations. I wanted to be free.

At the time I started thinking about going electric, Focuses were $37,000.00 and only had a 76 mile range. My commute is about 55 miles of city, country, interstate, so I had to evaluate weather a Focus electric with a 76 mile range could make that 55 mile commute between charges. Could I run the A/C in August or the heat in February? How much electricity will it consume at 70 mph? After much consideration I decided not to do it.

Now, a couple of years later, I had to quote a price on a charging station for a electric vehicle for one of our customers. And the fever was back. Now it is 2017 and the new Focus electric has a bigger battery a 115 mile range. Now they are $10,000.00 cheaper. March, 15, 2017 I ordered my Focus. I have my charging station sitting in my garage waiting to be installed. I have never even driven a hybrid what have I just done???

At first my salesman estimated 3 months wait for my car. Then I got word that it would be scheduled to be built in early May. Still don’t have that confirmed. The closer I get to getting my Focus the more those questions are coming back. Will I be able to drive this car like I am used to driving? 70 mph, A/C in the summer, heat in the winter. It has a 115 mile range and I only have to go 55 miles between charging stations. Most days I am confident that it will be my daily driver for the next few years and some days I worry that I will be stuck with car I can’t use.

If it will get me to work every day and I never have to stop at a gas station again then I will never say I am sorry for going electric.