Tick tock tick tock

So the waiting begins: 8-12 weeks from early February brings us to the beginning of April for the best case scenario. April 1 also happens to be the cutoff date for the incentives available at the time of our order. The clock is ticking tick tick tick..
Anyone ordering a Ford vehicle really needs to be on twitter. The people at Ford that run the @FordService account are great. You can fire service questions off to them, send them questions about dealerships, and, in my case, give them your vehicle order number and they will check on the progress of your vehicle. Unfortunately, though, there is a “no mans land” in Ford’s ordering process where your order is in a queue and no information is available about it during that time (which in our case lasted about 10 weeks). Once a build date is assigned then you have a date and don’t have to pester @FordService so much LOL.
In the meantime we had a vacation scheduled–what a perfect opportunity to try out a different vehicle; to get “partway” to BEV status if only for a week. During our vacation to sunny AZ we rented a C-Max hybrid (seen here):
Photo Mar 31, 2 24 06 PM
We drove that car from Phoenix up to the Grand Canyon and East out to Holbrook (to see the Wigwam motel). In total about 750 miles or so (here is the trip meter just prior to returning the car):
Photo Apr 06, 4 15 57 PM
As you can see it did get great mileage, but not 47 mpg–it was AZ so we were driving with the A/C on and through the mountains. On the whole we found the C-Max a very nice car; a bit roomier than the Focus but very similar in driving dynamics (since it really is just a tall Focus anyway). My only complaint about it was that, at times, I felt that the battery could have been larger for longer EV drives but the C-Max Energi would solve that problem. Our final takeaway about the C-Max was that we would be happy to own one, perhaps in the future.
Once home it was back to waiting for the FFE. Now we’re in mid April and my coworker finds out that his FFE has already been built with a due date at his dealership for the very next week. (Even though he ordered his a week before mine.)
Next week arrives but his FFE doesn’t…

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