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Boston Family Uses Ford Fusion For Power During Irene

By Megan Whalen

BOSTON – When Julie Mullen and John Sullivan became Ford Fusion owners in 2010, they knew they would enjoy their car but didn’t think about how their pet fish would take it –until Hurricane Irene touched down.

“Hurricane Irene hit the Northeast and hit Massachusetts so, we lost power Sunday morning at about 9 a.m.,” said Mullen who lives in the Boston area with her husband Sullivan. “It was already daylight so we had light, but as the day went on it was getting kind of old not having power.”

According to Mullen, they instantly relied on their cell phones to keep connected –occasionally running the car to power them up. Then their son reminded them that their Fusion had enough power to keep them functioning inside their home – not just a cigarette lighter, but an actual outlet where they could plug in some necessities.

“As soon as Adam said that my husband ran off to get his orange outdoor power-cord,” she said. “It let us move away from just having flashlights. I don’t know what the fish would have done, they would have been dead.”

So for one week, rather than being confined to candle light and cell phone updates, they ran an extension cord from their car to their home and continued their daily routines; powering the fish tank, plugging in lights, charging laptops, cooking food and more.

“Seems like small stuff but it all adds up,” said Mullen.

The Fusion has a standard 110-volt power outlet located near the rear seat. That’s the same voltage that can be found in most wall plugs. So, Mullen’s use of the outlet didn’t cause any damage.

“A friend was telling me for a long time that Ford was coming back up with quality,” she stated, listing it as one of the many reasons they purchased the car. They preferred Ford for the respected honesty, quality and technology – versus other hybrids available on the market.

Prior to the wrath of Hurricane Irene they used the outlet a few times for small things but never to this extreme.

Wow!  And they said cars just powered our dreams and ambitions.

 

The 2012 Ford Focus is named a “Top Safety Pick”

The 2012 Ford Focus has not been on the market for long, but that’s not stopping it from making headlines.  Most recently, the all-new Focus was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  The compact also received a 5-star overall safety rating from the Euro NCAP.

Both the IIHS and Euro NCAP independently test vehicle safety, and use their findings to present major safety awards and rankings.  In the IIHS’ testing, the Focus received the best score of “good” all four tests conducted: frontal offset, side-impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection.  The Focus also offers standard electronic stability control, a requirement for all vehicles to be designated a “Top Safety Pick.”  The Euro NCAP releases its results differently, giving percentages for the different areas of protection a car offers.  The 2012 Focus received a 92% in adult occupant safety, an 82% in child occupant safety, a 72% in pedestrian safety, and a 71% in safety assist; all leading to an overall 5-star rating.

However, these ratings did not come as a surprise to Ford.  The automaker designed the new compact car with safety in mind, which, according to Global C Car vehicle line director Gunnar Herrmann, is shown through the “structural rigidity of the body and its extensive use of high strength steels.”

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