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The Power of Choice: Huntsville Receives First Electric Car from Woody Anderson Ford

June 27, 2012

(Huntsville, AL) - The City of Huntsville received an energy efficient gift today from one of its longstanding businesses. Cathy Anderson of Woody Anderson Ford presented a new Ford Focus Electric to the City in recognition of its ongoing commitment to clean energy and sustainability.

The Ford Focus Electric is an all-electric version of the Ford Focus sedan and seats up to five people. It has received a 105 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) rating from the Environmental Protection Agency. This represents an approximate annual savings of more than $2,000 in fuel costs over comparable vehicles in the City fleet.

"We are pleased to be able to offer the City of Huntsville and Mayor Tommy Battle this complimentary lease," said Anderson. "Only six of these vehicles have been produced to date, and I wanted Huntsville to be one of the first recipients."

Anderson says the Ford Focus Electric represents a new trend toward sustainable and efficient automobiles. Mayor Tommy Battle and the City have been investigating the use of hybrid or all-electric vehicles, making energy efficiency a priority for Huntsville's fleet.

"The new electric vehicle will be an excellent way for us to see firsthand how we could transition to a greener and more cost-effective City fleet," said Mayor Battle. "I would like to offer my deepest thanks to Cathy Anderson for giving us this car and this opportunity."

"We are excited to add this car to the City's vehicle inventory, and it provides us with a beginning point to try out an electric model," said Jeff Easter, Director of General Services and Fleet. "Most of our City work is local, and we believe the electric vehicle could play a major role in our future transportation."

Along with the electric car, the City has also accepted a separate donation of two electric vehicle charging stations. This equipment will be placed in locations where they may be used by City employees, as well as members of the public who are driving electric vehicles.

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is powered by a 141-hp permanent magnet electronic traction motor with 181 foot-pounds of torque. Fueling the engine is a 23 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery that can charge fully in four hours. Regenerative braking maximizes the vehicle's range, which is approximately 76 miles.

Electric Focus: Additional Information

For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov


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