It's almost enough to bring a tear to your eye.
In a noble humanitarian gesture, Ford Motor Co. may yet spare the lives of 350 experimental electric vehicles that had been condemned to death. And not just any death.
These poor, homeless vehicles were to be crushed and their components recycled.
For what crime?
All because Ford was done using them as test vehicles and the three-year federal waiver that allowed them to run around on our streets without meeting safety standards had expired.
How cruel that such a thing could happen in this day and age. Who ever thought we would see the needless, senseless, heartless destruction of 350 electric vehicles.
Fortunately, this impending barbarism came to the attention of several environmentalist groups, which did what they do best. They protested in the streets of San Francisco and issued snarky, mean-spirited press releases.
They also wrote to Ford Motor Co. CEO Bill Ford saying they have found a Norwegian electric vehicle maker that might be interested in providing a good home for the castoffs.
All Ford needs to do is pay to have them shipped to Norway.
But it makes sense, doesn't it? This company is in Norway so it doesn't need to worry about those pesky safety regulations or the troublesome U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Why would anyone care if Norwegians aren't safe? This is about electric vehicles, for goodness sake.
This could grow. Norway might become a giant assisted-living retirement village for experimental electric vehicles.
With all of the insignificant things going on in the world today, it is inspiring that something this important might come to pass. This is the type of stirring human interest story that ultimately becomes a made-for-TV movie.
And who knows? This just might put Ford in the running for a Nobel Prize.