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.