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Friday, September 18, 2015

Driving on Energi / National Drive Electric Week

So, I've been blogging for a few years now and have noticed other bloggers posting about cars they got to try out for a week or a month. I always wondered how they go to do this. I recently had the opportunity to find out. Basically, an email shows up in your inbox offering you a car to try out... It isn't something you hunt out yourself. Or at least wasn't for my opportunity, as that email happened to me this week. I'll be test driving a Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid for the next month and sharing my experiences with the vehicle.

I picked up the car at the dealer today and my first experiences were interesting. I couldn't get the car to go. I had never experienced the keyless, push to start technology where your key stays in your pocket. I kept starting it with the button and the A/C and radio would kick in. But... when I went to put it in drive, it didn't go. Ditto for reverse. The vehicle just rolled into the driving lane around the dealer. After chatting with the sales rep, it turns out you have to have your foot on the brakes when you start the engine for it to engage. After that, the car actually went when I pressed the gas. Amazing.

The C-Max Energi is an electric vehicle where I can plug in at home (standard outlet) or at many of the ChargePoint stations that are out there. After registering on their web site, I'm hoping to get their pass card to use a station before I have to return the car. Supposedly, it will take 10 business days. Seems long to me.

More on the car to follow but I'm hoping to make it through the whole month without putting ANY gas in the tank. I don't know yet how realistic that is. I may have to enable the gas side of the engine just to give the car a full workout. I'm still trying to figure out the on board computer system and how to lock the doors.
Speaking of electric cars, did you know that this week is National Drive Electric Week? Look for an event near you this weekend to learn more about electric-powered engines and new vehicle choices.

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