Ford has donated one of the two Focus Electric prototypes featured on “The Jay Leno Show” in a recurring celebrity driving segment to the Petersen Automotive Museum. These Electric Orange sedans were used throughout the 2010 season for the Green Car Challenge.
Actress Drew Barrymore was the first celebrity guest to accept the show’s racing challenge. Other participants included Steve Carell, Sheryl Crow, Rush Limbaugh, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Serena Williams. At the end of the run, it was Dr. Phil McGraw who recorded the fastest lap of all the celebrities to drive the vehicle. The Focus Electric will now be parked in the museum’s permanent Alternative Power exhibit.
“We are excited to add the Ford Focus Electric to our collection,” said Buddy Pepp, Petersen Automotive Museum executive director. “It is a historically significant car on many levels. Not only is this prototype Ford Motor Company’s first all-electric passenger car, but it also has a local Hollywood connection. Vehicles like this reflect our mission to explore and present the history of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example.”
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