it comes to electric vehicles, DailyTech
has mostly covered the consumer side of things. General Motors is
going full steam ahead with its Volt
"extended range" electric vehicle, Nissan is developing
Leaf, and Tesla is hitting a higher price point with its Roadster
and Model S all-electric vehicles.
all-electric vehicles aren't just limited to the consumer market --
they can also make sense for the commercial market as well. A year
ago today, DailyTech
first brought you news that Ford would introduce
an electric version of its small but capable Transit Connect
commercial van. Ford is making good on that promise and today
announced the 2011 Transit Connect Electric.
2011 Ford Transit Connect Electric was developed in conjunction with
Azure Dynamics Corporation and uses a "Force Drive"
electric powertrain. The vehicle uses a 50 kW electric motor and the
28 kWh lithium-ion battery pack -- developed in conjunction with
Johnson Controls-Saft -- allows the Transit Connect Electric to
travel up to 80 miles on a charge. Top speed for the vehicle is 75
mph, so don't expect the Transit Connect Electric to keep up with
Atlanta highway traffic anytime soon.
says that the Transit Connect Electric can be recharged from either
120V or 240V outlets.
Connect Electric exemplifies how we are leveraging our relationships
as well as our hybrid and advanced powertrain programs to bring
energy-efficient technologies from the laboratory to the street,”
said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product
Development. “Not only is this an ideal vehicle for eco-conscious
fleet operators, it is an important part of Ford’s future.”
vehicles actually are meant for specific types of customers that have
a predictable drive route, continued Praveen Cherian, Program Manager
of the Transit Connect. Most of our customers have said, look we
don't drive more than 50-60 miles on a give day and these commercial
customers like, for example, florists or a handyman, plumber, or a
Best Buy Geek Squad, utility type purposes vehicle… so we've
designed this vehicle to have a range of 80 miles on a full state of
with a large lithium-ion battery packed into the Transit Connect
Electric's compact frame, the 181-inch vehicle still has 135 cu-ft of
cargo space which is almost as much as a Chevrolet Suburban.
has not announced pricing for the Transit Connect Electric yet, but
do expect to pay a premium for the luxury of not having to worry
about using gasoline anymore. The base price of a standard Transit
Connect is $20,780, so let's hope that Ford can keep the price of the
Transit Connect Electric below $30,000.
the launch of the Transit Connect Electric, Ford says that it will
also launch an all-electric version of its next
generation Focus next year.
quote: I can't see our electric companies being "nice people" once their importance in the marketplace sky rockets because now they power our vehicles as well as our homes.
quote: I'm really sick and tired of people complaining about the price of something going up because of a shortage and/or an increase in demand. That's called opportunity. If it's so incredibly lucrative for those playing the game, then maybe you should play the game instead of complaining.
quote: The problem is that we are also dealing with basic utilities that have monopolies (or close to it) in a lot of cases. How many different companies can you buy your electric from ?
quote: And this comment isn't limited to energy prices, it goes for everything, including skyrocketing prices for plywood, bottled water, and batteries before a hurricane hits.
quote: Also where were these people when the Bush "Stimulus plan" in 2003 allowed for a $100,000 (!!!!!) tax deduction for businesses buying SUV's?
quote: I disagree, but obviously this is a very gray issue that is hard to prove one way or another.
quote: This particular area is a perfect example. There is specifically a need out there for transit like electric fleet vehicles and Ford is far from the only one bringing products to the market. Smith Electric is just one example. Why else do you think the Post office is looking so closely at this? And no it isn't a new Obama thing, they have been looking at electrics for years and it is specifically LiFePO4 batteries that are allowing it to be cost effective.
quote: BTW, why such the hate for Public sector investment in new technology? Actually I don't mind if it is consistent statement. But the same people I see calling for government investment in private space flight for example will decry a $7500 expiring tax credit on EVs.
quote: It's not hard to prove that a $30,000 (after $7,500 subsidy) car is unaffordable by the vast majority of consumers.
quote: I have no hate for public investment in principle, although a lot of DT members would claim to (until it comes to defense or space flight, yes). The problem is that a $7,500 tax credit is subsidizing the relatively wealthy. It's trickle-down economics taken to a sick level, with the environment being used as an excuse. I am against this instance of the investment, not the principle of it.
quote: Its a ridiculous benchmark because hundred of thousands if not millions of cars are already selling for more then $37,500. I hope your not trying to claim that you can't sell a car for $37,500.
quote: Also the government certainly has an interest in the development of transportation technologies and a reduction in the use of gasoline. There is already significant subsidy towards gasoline, such as tax breaks for oil companies, "defense" spending directed at the middle east and externalities like air pollution.
quote: Going ALL electric for cars is fine (its a step away from oil & middle east BS) - but that only means more coal and nuke power plants = pollution still.Now, when Solar panels get cheap and good enough (they do seem to be improving) and every home has one - then WE WILL have a pretty good system in which the SUN powers our homes and recharges the cars... free power (kind of).
quote: Going ALL electric for cars is fine (its a step away from oil & middle east BS) - but that only means more coal and nuke power plants = pollution still.