A 2014 Ford Focus Electric was purchased in mid-July using funds from grants through the Federal Transportation Administration and the Transportation Development Act.
The $35,000 four-door sedan will be used by Jayne Pramod, city transportation coordinator, and Ed Lovell, a management analyst. Both oversee the city transportation department, including the Tracer bus system. The grant dictates that the car be used by a city’s transportation supervisor.
Lovell said the electric-powered car will be used mostly for in-town driving duties, which can include checking bus stops and responding to bus emergencies. Lovell said the car has a maximum range of 76 miles per charge, which allows for trips to transportation meetings at the county offices.
“We haven’t tested the limits yet,” Lovell said. “Our range gets us to Stockton and back.”
Lovell and Pramod both work out of the Tracy Transit Station, 50 E. Sixth St., which added a 240-volt Level 2 electric car charging station in February.
“We are always looking into electric vehicles,” he said. “With the charging station, it all worked out to fill the need we have.”
Lovell said the car takes about four hours to charge completely at the transit station.
He added that the electric Focus handles like any other car, except for the lack of engine noise.
“Sometimes, you don’t even know it’s on,” Lovell said.
The car is equipped with a regenerative braking system that captures more than 90 percent of energy that’s normally lost and recycles it to recharge the battery.
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