Now he's turning over a new leaf and is going to
green vehicles a chance. He will be competing against other
celebrities in the
Green Car Challenge, a segment on the Jay Leno Show.
So far he's among the handful celebrities to publicly agree to race
on the segment. Drew Barrymore was the first to take a few laps
around the track while Paul Reubens, better known as Pee-wee Herman,
and sportscasters Bob Costas and Al Michaels have all since
The electric vehicle used in the challenge is a
retrofitted European Ford Focus Hatchback modified with a racing
suspension and beefy brakes, in addition to a battery system and
electric drive motor. Its electric motor is approximately as
powerful as the motor found in competitor GM's 2011 Chevy Volt, set
to release next year.
A production electric Ford Focus is
to be released in the 2012 model year. Ford also has other
electric vehicles in the works, including an electric commercial
It should be interesting to see how Rush Limbaugh, a
staunch critic of the green vehicle movement, enjoys the plug-in.
He may at least give Ford a break as, after all, they are the only
major U.S. automaker not to have gone bankrupt and taken
on government assistance.