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September 17, 2009

Jay Leno's New Show Gets Electric

Racecar picIf electric cars need a little help shedding that “wimpy” stereotype, they now have an ally in Jay Leno.

Leno’s new primetime show debuted this week on NBC, and tomorrow, the comedian will kick off a new weekly segment: the Green Car Challenge. Each week, celebrity guests will race a special prototype of the all-electric Ford Focus. The first celebrity to get behind the wheel will be Drew Barrymore. 

The Focus BEV ("battery-electric vehicle") won’t be on the market until 2011, but HybridCars.com has a few specs on it. The car has a single-speed transmission and can run for 100 miles before needing to be plugged in for a battery recharge. Because it's an all-electric vechicle, there's no gas engine to take over if a driver ventures beyond this range. Fully recharging the battery could take six to 12 hours depending on the voltage of the hookup.

The Focus BEV is part of a growing fleet of all-electric vehicles made by major car companies; other examples include the Nissan Leaf and Dodge Circuit, both of which should be on the market in the next few years.

Tune in to The Jay Leno Show Friday at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. Central) on NBC to see how Barrymore clocks in.

-- Année Tousseau

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