The Norwegian postal service has ordered 20 Ford Transit Connect electric vans – the first order that Ford Motor Co. has received from Europe. Ford based the Transit Connect EV on its Transit Connect commercial van. It is the first product in Ford's global electrified vehicle plan and the first of five electrified vehicles that Ford will launch in Europe by 2013.
This summer, the Transit EV will go on sale. Sales of the Ford Focus EV will begin in 2012. And in 2013, the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid will be offered together with another hybrid model. The Transit Connect EV started shipping in the U.S. last December.
In a statement, Derrick Kuzak, vice president of global product development, said that Transit Connect Electric exemplifies how it is leveraging its relationships as well as its hybrid and advanced powertrain programs so that its energy-efficient technologies can be used on its cars. He added that this is an ideal vehicle for eco-conscious fleet operators as well as an important aspect of Ford’s future.
The vehicle features an electric ForceDrive powertrain from Azure Dynamics Corp., which revealed that it was establishing a European headquarters in London to help support marketing and sales efforts for the Transit EV.
Carmakers think that electric small vans hold the highest potential for EV sales since fleet-operated delivery vans are typically driven the same distances and along the same routes. This makes it easier to plan where and how often to recharge compared to private customers.
The Ford Global Electric Initiative
Ford has announced its first all-electric car called the Ford Transit Connect Electric, which it aims to start producing in Europe in 2013 along with four other electric or hybrid models. These other models are sequentially the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, the C-MAX Hybrid, the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and one more hybrid electric car.
With this new electric and hybrid car selection, Ford believes it has made it advantageous for customers to adapt green technology. Ford Norway managing director Thomas Skofsrud said that approach is in line with its history of developing ground-breaking technologies and making them available to the most number of people.
Fairly priced and practical
The Transit Connect Electric is a small van that would be a great option for European motorists to stop relying on petroleum, reducing maintenance and operating costs.
As a platform, the Ford Transit Connect represents a perfect fully-electric commercial option because it conveniently handles like a car but offers greater capacity for cargo and operates with a low cost.
The cargo capacity is 500 kg within a 3.8 m3 volume. This would make the Transit Connect Electric a great option for those who usually go on brief and routine trips with a considerable number of stops. The Transit Connect can be plugged into the usual European 220/240 V electric sockets. A full charge can be attained in about eight hours. Van commuters typically go back to a specific location when they’re done for the day. They can recharge the vehicle here overnight.