• Feb 7th 2011 at 2:04PM
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Jay Leno's Green Car Challenge Ford Focus EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Petersen Automotive Museum has received from car enthusiast Jay Leno and automaker Ford the 2009 Focus electric vehicle built specifically to be used in the Green Car Challenge segment of the now defunct Jay Leno Show.

A la 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' of Top Gear fame, celebrity guests were challenged to drive the Focus EV around a track, which features an Al Gore figure that pops out to test the driver's reflexes, to see who can claim the eco driver top spot. Included in the roster of celebrity drivers that participated in the challenge were then California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, singer Sheryl Crow, actress Drew Barrymore and tennis star Serena Williams.

Upon handing over the keys to the museum, Leno quipped, "The show was a failure, but at least the car was a success." Leno has long been an avid supporter of electric vehicles. A recent addition to his extensive car collection is a 2011 Chevy Volt. Perhaps soon we'll get wind of his acquisition of a Ford Focus Electric due out late this year.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      A Museum!? Why don't they just smash it out in the desert?

      This is not a relic of the past. A car like this should be out on the streets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quit puttings EVs in museums!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw the Focus Electric at the DC autoshow and it looked really good. They wouldn't let me open it up to sit in it or look at the boot, but it looked roomier in person than it did in some ABG photos that made the boot look miniscule. It is much roomier than that, the boot is nearly spacious enough to rate the description of 'cramped'. Which is a lot better than miniscule.
      Seriously, though, it looked like you could fit a set of golf clubs in the bottom easily, but any shopping bags on top of the golf clubs would block your rear view.
      And it definitely looked slick, it may have the best cD of the Volt, the Leaf and the iMiev. And its area is about the same as the Volt, so it is a bit less than the relatively tall Leaf, so it may have class leading cDa. The car really looks good, it sounds like it will have a similar AER as the Leaf so it would be a great success if Ford prices it even slightly lower than the Leaf. Which means it will probably have an MSRP of $35k or more...
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