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Ford throws switch for Transit Connect truck

‘s European import, the Connect, is already receiving a bit of a or, more accurately, a close has been born even the compact commercial truck on sale in the U.S.

Ford European import, the Transit . is already receiving a bit of a makeover—or, accurately, a close relative has born—even before the compact truck goes on sale in the

The light-duty van, which has more than 600,000 in 58 countries so far, debuts this summer. And now Ford has that, in the first half of the Transit Connect will be as an all-electric vehicle as well.

The new Connect light commercial with battery electric represents the next logical in our pursuit of even greater economy and sustainability, said Kuzak, Ford’s group vp of Product Development. A growing of our commercial vehicle fleet have expressed interest in as a sustainable mobility solution. By our global team and asset we’re able to quickly this environmentally friendly, ‘silent type’ to market.

Ford’s European import, the Connect . is already receiving a bit of a more accurately, a close has been born—even before the commercial truck goes on in the U.S.

The light-duty van, has sold more than units in 58 countries so far, here this summer. And now has announced that, in the first of 2010, the Transit Connect be available as an all-electric vehicle as

The new Transit Connect light vehicle with battery power represents the next step in our pursuit of even fuel economy and sustainability, Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s vp of Global Product Development. A number of our commercial vehicle clients have expressed in electrification as a sustainable mobility By leveraging our global team and portfolio, we’re able to bring this environmentally strong ‘silent type’ to

The introduction of an all-electric model is due in to a $55-million tax credit incentive the Michigan Economic Development . allowing Ford to work researchers at the University of Michigan and the Institute of Technology to test battery technology for the vehicle.

I over the last number of we’ve seen a progression of from lead acid to hydride to lithium-ion batteries, Frenette, manager of Ford’s vehicle programs, told Owner . The progression towards was well underway, but I think fair to say that the majority of in these batteries was taking in Korea and Japan.

The tax credit as well as help the Federal government, Frenette has helped make manufacturers, as Smith Electric Vehicles in the UK, Ford is partnering with on the of the batteries, more willing to in the U.S.

The lithium-ion batteries also power an electric car to be in 2011, and next-generation hybrid slated for 2012 appearances, said. Because of unique characteristics that include and usage requirements, each will have a unique

The all-electric Transit Connect will maintain most of the specs as the gas version—135 cu. ft. of cargo and a 1,600-lb. payload capacity multiple window configurations solid side and cargo to side and rear windows for visibility.

Ford Transit Connect Electric

The battery, which require 6 to 8 hours of charging on a 240-volt outlet for a full will be available in two configurations, 21 Kwh or 28 Kwh. The vehicle will be charged by a standard 110-volt although the charge time be longer, Frenette said. range will be approximately 100 mi. it an ideal vehicle for urban, applications, he added.

I think a plumber or contractor find this vehicle useful, Frenette said. delivery would be a perfect And because it can be configured as a left-hand vehicle, I think postal would be ideal.

Frenette the Transit Connect is a natural fit for power. The Transit Connect, of the way it is designed, lends itself to an conversion to package [the components] because you have space under the vehicle, he

He advised that engineers are working through challenges, as dealing with extreme conditions that can sap the battery of We need to be able to mitigate by getting the battery to the right as quickly as possible, Frenette to ensure the customer gets performance out of the vehicle.

While Ford has not announced for the vehicle (the gas version retail at $21,475, including fees), Frenette said the of an all-electric vehicle should sense as battery prices

There are opportunities for significant of scale as these batteries committed to vehicle platforms, he We have confidence that the economics will continue to and that along with incentives will make vehicles very viable, not in the long term, but in the short

The new lithium-ion technology offers advantages over nickel-metal Frenette said, including the to pack more energy a smaller battery cell is also lighter. It also can more power and can be tuned to power to boost acceleration or to energy during extended according to a release from

A Ford spokesperson did not say whether the planned a hybrid version of the Connect or whether a diesel version would be available at point.

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

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