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Ford Transit Connect Electric

First Drive: 2012 Transit Connect Electric

by Mark Williams | December 28,

By Mike Hanley, Photography by Ian

Much of the attention surrounding vehicles has been focused on like the all-electric Nissan and range-extended Chevrolet Volt. meanwhile, has developed a model for who need more hauling by equipping its Transit Connect van an all-electric drivetrain through a with Azure Dynamics. The Transit Connect Electric is to both fleet buyers and consumers.

The Transit Connect is just as refined as the gas-only and offers improved acceleration, but it with a steep starting of $57,400, about $35,000 than the base price of the van.

One of the most obvious impressions of the Connect when I last it was that its 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas felt a little weak, on the highway, and that was without in the way of cargo on board. The Transit Electric, by comparison, offers robust acceleration at midrange and doesn t feel as burdened by the van s Throttle tip-in from a start is seamless, and the Transit Electric builds speed and quietly. The van s top speed is 75 mph.

feel in alternative-fuel vehicles isn t that great, but it s remarkably and linear in the Transit Connect Frankly, it s better than many conventional gas-engine offer.

Ford Transit Connect Electric

The Transit Connect Electric well, too. Like the version, it uses a unibody that delivers a much carlike driving experience traditional domestic full-size like the Chevrolet Express. The Connect Electric we drove in at a Ford event had some in back, and the suspension yielded a yet composed ride on South Shore Drive, Chicago s along the lakefront. The regular Connect is rated to carry pounds, which seems considering the four-cylinder s power, but the version is only rated to 1,045 pounds.

The interior looks much the regular Transit Connect s, but it have a unique instrument that includes a range and a battery charge indicator. I was some correlation between the but with the range gauge 50 miles (out of a maximum of 80 according to Ford), the battery still showed a full Like the regular Transit you start the van by turning the key in the ignition and put it in by moving the console selector Park to Drive.

The 28 kilowatt-hour battery pack is under the floor, so there s no loss of space; there s still cubic feet of cargo behind the front seats. The Connect Electric accepts the charging plug and supports and 240-volt service. With a setup, it can take from six to hours to replenish the battery with the Transit Connect s 3.3-kilowatt onboard charger.


Despite the stronger performance and driving experience, the Transit Electric s price tag remains a hurdle when trying to a financial case for the electric If you ran a fleet where it could 50 miles a day, five a week every week of the you d rack up 13,000 miles a Traveling the same distance in a Transit Connect cargo which gets combined gas of 23 mpg, would cost based on a $3.22 national for a gallon of regular.

When you count the $7,500 tax credit the Transit Connect qualifies for, it still $27,865 more than a Transit Connect. Even if the to charge the Transit Connect were free, it d take 15 years to recoup the additional expense. California buyers may be for a voucher worth up to $15,000, would reduce the payback to about six years taking account the state s higher average for a gallon of regular. s a big drop, to be sure, but it may still be too for consumers who have an eye on the bottom

Ford Transit Connect Electric
Ford Transit Connect Electric
Ford Transit Connect Electric
Ford Transit Connect Electric
Ford Transit Connect Electric

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