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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…

The waiting is the hardest part

After all the research, find the deals, etc. we go to the dealer (after all the dealer we’ve been using for years is showing that they have one in stock). Mind you this dealer is located directly across the street from the plant–you can see the plant out the window when sitting in our salesperson’s cube.

He inform us that, for whatever reason, they can’t sell the FFE that they have in stock (a black one with leather). No problem; we’ll order one. That way we’ll get the color we want (Blue Candy) and no leather–never did like leather seats. It shouldn’t take that long right? Heck the plant is RIGHT THERE!

Nope, orders typically take 8-12 weeks (this is early February). Ok we can wait for the right one as long as the incentives are still available (to the salesperson’s credit he did say that even though we ordered it we could walk away at any time if we didn’t like the deal).

Meanwhile I find out that a week after I placed my order a coworker also placed his order for a Focus Electric–in the exact same configuration.

Now the waiting begins…