Posts by Marc Lee

Three Years with a Ford Focus Electric – Review

It has been three years and 60,000 plus miles behind the wheel of my Ford Focus Electric and the car has performed well.  In the battery only segment, the car still compares well to its main competitor, the Nissan LEAF. At this juncture, it is clear the Focus Electric is…

2 years ago by Marc Lee 97

EIA Predicts Plug-In Purchases to Pop to 2% by 2040

The US Energy Information Agency has projected that plug-in vehicles sales will reach 2% of overall Light Duty Vehicle (LDV) sales by 2040. If overall LDV sales were to hold constant, this would amount to about 290,000 annual plug-in sales by 2040 (at today’s annualized rate). I’m not sure how…

4 years ago by Marc Lee 45

Energy Conservation and Human Nature

I remember the exact moment when I realized that electric vehicles were the inevitable destination for automobiles.  It was the late 1980s and I was an undergrad sitting in the stacks of Alderman Library reading the words of Geoffrey Ballard, he of Ballard Power Systems fame.   Before that he was…

5 years ago by Marc Lee 9

Trade the Focus Electric for a Fusion Energi?

As previously reported, the 2013 Focus Electric I purchased has been periodically kicking out a “Stop Safely Now” message.  Thankfully it likes to do this while sitting in the garage at home, and not out on the road somewhere.  Power cycling would clear the message out… eventually.  A small number…

5 years ago by Marc Lee 20

I am the High Voltage Battery Killer

  About two weeks into ownership of our Ford Focus Electric I asked the wife to take the Focus Electric to work because I needed to pick up a manhole cover and it would be easier to get it into and out of the Volt.  Yes my day job is…

5 years ago by Marc Lee 23

MyFord Mobile For Focus Electric…Car App King

The MyFord Mobile App, previously only available for Apple products and desktops,  is now available for Android, and let there be no question that the prize for most connectivity bells and whistles is unequivocally in the hands of Ford. This app opens with a beautiful animated load screen showing butterflies…

5 years ago by Marc Lee 1

Getting Acquainted with the Focus Electric

Having put over 31k miles behind the wheel of a Volt since January 2011,  I find it impossible not to compare the Ford Focus Electric to the Volt.  But in fairness it should be said that the Volt and the FFE are not really competitors.   The Ford would be best…

5 years ago by Marc Lee 9

How Will You Get Your Focus Electric Home?

    On August 23 my wife and I took delivery of a Ford Focus Electric (FFE) from Richmond Ford in Virginia.  I reserved the Focus Electric in March, and was told to expect a delivery date of late September early October.  In July, sales consultant Jason Tucker informed me…

5 years ago by Marc Lee 18

Nissan Reaches Out to LEAF Owners With Open Letter

Nissan has finally reached out to LEAF owners through an open letter addressing the loss of capacity bars and range experienced by those in extremely hot areas such as Arizona, and parts of Texas, California, Oklahoma and Florida.  (full copy of letter can be found below) Nissan explains that they are bringing…

5 years ago by Marc Lee 6