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.