I’m sad to report that I turned in my FFE today. This doesn’t mean the end of the blog, however, as I did get a new car with a plug as well (more on that in a sec).
Things I loved about the FFE:
- The quiet ride
- The looks (probably the sportiest little EV available)
- The technology (many people knock My Ford Touch but I really didn’t have much issue with it and the EV features integrated in are very nice)
- The fact that it is a stealth EV. In the entire time I had it only about 3 people noticed that it was an EV and said something (all of the comments were positive)
- Being able to charge at home. Not having to stop somewhere to “fill up” is huge–we would rarely take it somewhere beyond its range and thus I didn’t have a need to use public charging very often (I think I have about 10 entries in my Chargepoint account history).
Things I didn’t like about the FFE:
- The heater
- The lack of a fast charge–sort of
- Not towable
Note the first two items here as they are related: In the winter the heater uses up more electricity than the motor on the FFE. Thus in the winter I would get 40-50 miles out of the car when using the heat. These two items (and the last) are the major reasons I did not lease another FFE.
That last item is kind of important to us as well. When we first leased the FFE we used a 5th wheel pulled by a pickup. Thus when we went camping we’d just use the pickup to get around. Over the course of the FFE lease we traded in the 5th wheel & pickup on a motorhome. Now we tow a vehicle for use. Look in the FFE’s owners manual: can’t tow it–pretty much at all.
Instead I opted to lease a C-Max Energi. Sure it seems like a step backward given its ~20 mile EV range vs the 70 rated miles on the FFE. In addition I will occasionally have to frequent gas stations again (that doesn’t matter much as our RV holds 55 gallons of gas which kind of negates all the EV driving I do! LOL). I figure that in the winter I’ll have to use the gas engine for one of the legs on my commute (probably the commute into work as that is when its coldest and I’ll welcome the engine’s heat). In addition, the C-Max can be flat towed (4 wheels down). Hopefully when this lease is up Ford will have a more compelling choice for an EV other than a 100 mile FFE!
The reason I stuck with a Ford is mentioned in the about link on the blog: I used to work there, and have family that still does–can’t beat the employee discount.