*** THIS IS AN ELECTRIC ONLY CAR *** THERE IS NO GAS ENGINE ***
This is a 2013 Ford Focus ELECTRIC car. This vehicle runs solely on electricity and has no gas engine of any kind. As such this rental requires special terms. The vehicle has a range of anywhere from 70 to 100 miles in the summertime and 60 to 80 miles in the winter time. The range depends primarily on two things, the speed in which you travel and the temperature you keep the cabin. The vehicle gets the best range with minimum climate control, with A/C using less electricity than heat. While the top speed is 84 mph and it accelerates like a V6 engine, the battery will last longer during city like, or back country, driving conditions due to wind resistance.
The vehicle can be charged with a LEVEL 1 or LEVEL 2 charger:
LEVEL 1 - A level 1 charger is a standard 15 amp 110v household plug. The charger for this type of charging is included in the trunk. It can be plugged in anywhere you have an outlet that can provide 12 amps of power. In other words, the outlet cannot share a refrigerator or other high powered item. Be aware this type of charging can take up to 21 hours to charge the battery from 0% to 100%. Example, if the battery is half empty it will take around 10 hours. A 100 foot extension cord, rated at the vehicle amperage required, is included with the rental.
LEVEL 2 - This type of charger is found at many public locations, it can charge the car from 0% to 100% in 4 hours. This is the type of charger we use at the vehicle garage location. You can find these chargers on http://www.plugshare.com
The vehicle will always be provided with a 100% charge. You do NOT have to return it full. When factoring the cost of electricity the vehicle maintains a 100 to 140 mpg equivalent. As such, it is very economical to operate.
The vehicle is HOV compliant and can be used in all HOV lanes and roads, even with one driver. The vehicle also comes with an iPod connector for music as well as a USB and audio input for your MP3 player. A phone dock is mounted in the center console for your phone. The vehicle is new, clean and has very low mileage. We would like it to stay clean, please! :)
The vehicle is available continuously as we have several vehicles on-site, including other electric cars.