Ford's Focus Electric gets a test drive in Seattle
The new Ford Focus Electric tries to teach people how to drive more efficiently by displaying more animated butterflies the better you drive.
Last week, I spent three days chasing butterflies. Not the live variety, mind you, but digital butterflies on the dashboard of an electric car.
The new Ford Focus Electric tries to teach people how to drive more efficiently by displaying more animated butterflies the better you drive. It sounds strange, but in a way, it works. It became like a game — I wanted to fill that screen with butterflies, and, the more I drove, the better I got at it.
That was also my takeaway from a weekend with an electric car: The more I drove it, the better I liked it.
Ford just started selling the Focus Electric cars here in Washington and will also soon start selling a plug-in hybrid called the C-MAX Energi.
But what I wanted to know was how feasible it was to have a fully electric car in Seattle. I wrote about the experience for last week’s print edition (subscription required).
My conclusion was that there were some pretty serious infrastructure issues that have to be overcome before electric cars will really take off here.
One of the biggest issues is that a significant segment of the Seattle-area population, myself included, lives in apartments where there’s no way to plug in a car.
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