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Ford Transit Connect Electric  (Source: Ford Motor Company)
Ford is on a roll these days and the Transit Connect Electric is a part of the company's "green" future

When 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 its all-electric Leaf, and Tesla is hitting a higher price point with its Roadster and Model S all-electric vehicles.

However, 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.

The 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.

Ford says that the Transit Connect Electric can be recharged from either 120V or 240V outlets.

Transit 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.”

"These 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 charge."

Even 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.

Ford 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.

Following 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.

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RE: Will it really be cheaper?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/9/2010 9:28:55 AM , Rating: -1
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.

You're an idiot.

RE: Will it really be cheaper?
By Schrag4 on 2/9/2010 11:45:52 AM , Rating: 5
Care to elaborate? The "game" I'm talking about is the free market. If something is priced too high, there's financial incentive to enter the market, and new competition ultimately reduces prices for obvious reasons.

Take my pending-hurricane example. If you think a hurricane is going to hit Florida in a week, it would be risky, but you could drive a truckload of these supplies down there and try to make a buck. Some would say that's gouging, but the alternative is to do nothing (or sell them at a loss? no.). If I lived there, I'd rather have the option to pay through the nose rather than not having the option of buying those supplies at all. Of course you could just hope that the government will bring you all that you need, before you need it. That would be unwise...

RE: Will it really be cheaper?
By wempa on 2/9/2010 12:24:16 PM , Rating: 2
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 ?

RE: Will it really be cheaper?
By AEvangel on 2/9/2010 12:35:47 PM , Rating: 5
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 ?

Yes and the reason we have that is because both your Republicans and Democrats support those monopolies since those monopolies support them.

RE: Will it really be cheaper?
By wempa on 2/9/2010 1:28:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I agree with you 100%.

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