Ford's Transit Connect Electric, which was introduced just a few weeks ago at the Chicago Auto Show, has gotten the attention of AT&T. The telecom company has announced that it would be the electric van's lead customer.
Jerome Webber, AT&T's vice-president of fleet operations, said that the future of its corporate fleet lies in cleaner, alternative-fuel vehicles.
Webber added the Transit Connect Electric is a "real breakthrough" that they consider it to be a strong addition to its range of alternative-fuel vehicles.
This purchase though wouldn't replace a significant portion of the communications company's fleet. Azure Dynamics, the company responsible for converting the European vanlet into an EV, is limiting the first year's production.
AT&T clarified that for now, it will only buy two examples. But this should be enough for AT&T to fully evaluate the electric Transit Connect next to the 15 gas-powered examples it already owns.
The obvious differences are that the Transit Connect Electric will have a limited range and will be as quiet as a mouse. It will however have the same cargo area and offer as much space and almost as much payload as the standard Transit Connect.