Rush Limbaugh plus an Electric Ford Focus should equal craziness, as the vocal critic of the green car movement takes on Jay Leno's Green Car Challenge.  (Source: AutoBlog)
One of America's loudest pundits is taking on the electric vehicle

Rush Limbaugh made headlines earlier in the year when he blasted hybrid vehicles, exclaiming, "Nobody's buying 'em! Nobody wants them! The manufacturers are making them in droves to satisfy Obama!"

Now he's turning over a new leaf and is going to give 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 committed.

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 planned to be released in the 2012 model year.  Ford also has other electric vehicles in the works, including an electric commercial van.

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.

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