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It Was Real Trip for Early Focus Electric Customer


Roy D. Chapin became the first to drive from Detroit to New York. Ty Newell is recreating that pioneering trip in reverse.

Roy D. Chapin became the first to drive from Detroit to New York. Ty Newell is recreating that pioneering trip in reverse.

Ty Newell of Illinois celebrated becoming one of the first retail customers for the Ford Focus Electric by recreating one of the country’s earliest automotive road trips. After taking delivery of the Focus from Hassett Ford in Wantagh, N.Y., Newell and his wife decided to drive it to the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., where it was built. The trip reversed the course of a trip completed by Roy Chapin between Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 1901, when he became the first person to drive a car from Detroit to New York. William Chapin, president of the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn and grandson of

Roy, met up with the Newells at the plant to congratulate them. Focus Electric is a fuel-efficient compact car that offers the equivalent of 110 miles per gallon (MPGe) city, 99 MPGe highway, and operates entirely on battery-generated power. Focus Electric also has been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to offer 105 MPGe combined. The Focus Electric is available in California, New York and New Jersey. By fall 2012, Focus Electric becomes available in 19 markets across the United States, followed by nationwide availability by the end of the year.

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