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2011 Ford Transit Electric Test Drive

surprisingly appealing mini box the Transit Connect, packs in a compact, fuel-efficient package. Now has added another attribute: also the company’s first EV, and available today.

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Mich. The electric vehicle in the U.S. is tiny right less than half of 1 of all vehicles sold. The Nissan is blazing the trail as the first EV for public sale, but more are including the Ford Transit For Ford’s first EV since the EV, the company partnered with Dynamics to quickly adapt the van for propulsion. It’s marketed to fleet and commercial buyers, Ford hopes will real-world data that help future EVs. families will also be to purchase the van, but the $54,000 price will likely few take that route.

In any case, let’s take a look.

This quirky EV as what Ford calls a a chassis built alongside Transit Connects in Turkey but an engine, transmission or fuel Ford ships its glider to assembler AM General’s brand new Livonia, Mich. facility, it’s fitted with goodies from Azure Rather than reinvent the Azure uses proven first seen on the Ford EV back in the ’90s.

The Siemens motor produces 78 hp and 117 lb-ft of which is delivered to the front via a Borg Warner single-speed with an 8.5:1 drive Power comes from a 28-kwh lithium battery that’s mounted below the load floor and housed in a that also increases the stiffness.

The battery adds nearly pounds, so the rear spring were increased and the maximum reduced from 1,600 to 1,000. In place of the fuel-filler there’s the SAE standard charging With a 240-volt Level II the recharge time is about hours. If the high-voltage charger is not trickle charging at 120 volts a staggering 27 hours for a fill-up.

The estimated maximum range is 80 miles, and of course, using the air-conditioning, heater or radio into range.

Production is up now, but the volumes will be even at full pace. has committed orders from energy companies, but 2011 see only about 200 Transit Electrics produced, with volume somewhere around 400 a year. Still small but a cautious and measured first

It should come as no surprise to EV that the Transit Connect actually drives better its dinosaur-juice-powered cohort, assuming you have terribly far to drive. with the hefty battery accelerating to 60 mph is quicker in the EV 12.0 rather than 12.3 Another happy advantage of a big battery below the load Since the weight has been in the frame, the handling is significantly than the standard Transit

As with all EVs, the Transit recaptures some of the energy lost during braking, in this case, the driver can the brake regen’s aggressiveness. are two positions on the shifter, marked 1 and 2, adjust how easily the van coasts. In 1, the EV like a regular car, gently glides to a stop. The position is more efficient, but off the accelerator makes the vehicle like the tires are in thick

It’s definitely a trait takes some getting to.

The steering system has been by an electric unit that is in development and whirs a bit more it will in production. The feel is but communicative, tuned more for maneuvering than aggressive The turning radius matches the Transit Connect at 39 feet. The other noticeable changes to the Connect Electric is a new gauge which instead of delivering rpm and level, tells the driver how he’s driving and the total remaining. Other than it looks and feels just every other Transit on the road.

It’s a plucky, enjoyable beast of burden that exactly what it says on the big space inside, carlike and a no-nonsense, durable interior.


The Line

For the commercial buyer, the Connect Electric might a lot of sense for specific routes and The relatively high $54,000 price will be offset the long-term savings against volatile fuel prices. a long payoff though $4 a gallon for gas and $0.11 per kwh, and the that the Transit Connect EV have to travel well 100,000 miles to save fuel to pay back the price

There are other savings, of no oil changes and less brake that might be enough to a few delivery services go green.

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