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PATIENTLY WAITING

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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THE BIG DECISION

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.