COLOGNE, Germany – Ford of Germany employees are embarking on a seven day road trip this month to commemorate the150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford.
The second leg of this special event saw two Niehl Pilot Plant employees drive from from Abbey Brauweiler to the Guldenberg power plant in Huerth-Knappsack in a Ford Focus Electric and a 1937 Ford Eifel cabriolet.
Gisbert Klein is a plant engineer at Ford’s Pilot Plant in Niehl who works on protective measures for workshops that carry out work on the Focus Electric. The first battery-electric vehicle ever build by Ford in Germany contains high-voltage components which need to be taken care of by expert personnel.
Andreas Todtenhausen, the second participant of the tour for that day, is a measurement technician in the Dimension Control department of the Pilot Plant, where he also measures/dimensions of the body of the latest Focus model.
Unfortunately, the weather was not suitable for open-top driving, so Todtenhausen who is 6″4 felt a little squeezed in the Ford Eifel, which has just undergone nine years of refurbishment. Gisbert Klein really enjoyed the ride though: “That was just great”, he said with a happy smile when he exited the Eifel. “Back to the roots!”
Both employees were mightily impressed with the Focus Electric, and concentrated on driving as economically as possible. Whenever the driver saves energy he is informed about the range surplus he has gained via a central display and is rewarded by blue butterflies.
“I didn’t expect such a smooth ride,” said Todtenhausen. His colleague, Klein, was especially impressed by the car’s cockpit, adding: “It exudes a modern, high-tech flair and yet is very clearly arranged.”
According to Klein, the Focus Electric carries on Henry Ford’s mindset of “thinking progressively”. His favourite quote by the founder of Ford Motor Company is: “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” Todtenhause has saved his favourite Henry Ford saying on his mobile phone: “Don't look for faults, look for solutions.” “This is an attitude that helps me go further in my work, too,” he said.
To him, Henry Ford was “a man with a vision who revolutionized automobile production and thus made cars affordable for many people”. Klein added another thought: “He was also a very caring employer which you can still feel today in our company’s culture.”
The next leg will be driven on June 26. Watch out for updates on @Ford Online.