By Tim Wassberg | New Pelican Writer
Wilton Mansions – When Ron Falk made his reservation for an electric F-150 over a year ago, he had no idea when it would arrive.
His wait ended last week when it was delivered from the Rouge F-150 factory in Dearborn, Michigan, to the Grieco Ford dealership in Fort Lauderdale.
Falk, a RE/MAX Experience realtor in Wilton Manors, learned he was the first consumer to purchase the vehicle in Florida. Currently, nearly 200,000 electric F-150s are on order with a waiting period of up to two years.
The F-150 represents his hope that an American brand will start producing an electric truck.
That hope came true last year when Ford announced it would electrify its F-150. “And before I even got all the specs, I was like, ‘Okay, I have to at least get a reservation,'” Falk said.
“So I hit the reserve button straight away and I didn’t know where I was online and I didn’t know if they would even be popular. But I was in the first thousand or two thousand people who have booked.
One of Falk’s favorite expressions over the past two years has been what’s called “range anxiety” – the fear that an electric vehicle will run out of power before the driver can get to a charging point.
“In this case, I made sure there were different different charging stations and most sockets are consolidated in the connectivity so that they are more universal.”
As the country’s electric vehicle infrastructure improves, South Florida is one of the areas that has seen more stations; both public and private. The Wawa at Powerline Road and Cypress Creek Road is one of the newest locations to receive Tesla chargers. Visit afdc.energy.gov/stations/#/find/nearest for a complete list of stations.
Half a mile from Falk’s house is the Wilton Manors Town Hall charging station. There are also 12 charging stations at Walmart on Broward Boulevard where users are charged 19 cents per minute.
“He’s pumping out as much juice as he can, for lack of a better word, per minute,” Falk said.
In a test he conducted earlier this week, Falk says he plugged in his F-150 for five minutes and the cost came in at just over $1. Charge went from 85% to 90%.
Falk compares that to the cost of gas, which costs between $45 and $50 to fill up his smart car, which gets about the same range as his F-150. “But for $25 — almost half the price — I can drive a full-size, 6,000-pound pickup truck. And when you step into this vehicle, you feel like any other F-150, except it’s the fastest vehicle I’ve ever driven in my life.
Click here to see a video of Falk with his new wheels.