Ford and Men's Health Magazine are sponsoring the 2012 Electric Car Challenge. The goal is to drive from New York City to Santa Monica CA in an electric Ford Focus.

The electric vehicle will be driven by an assortment of celebrities. The vehicle will need about 50 recharges during the trip, which will allow time for many publicity events along the route. One goal is to raise awareness of Carry the Load, a charity that helps families of men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Ford F150 will act as a support vehicle.

The Electric Car Challenge starts April 12. The route will take participants through Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, and Los Angeles. The participants hope to cross the finish line by April 22. That pace will set a record time for crossing USA in an electric vehicle.

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