Ford Transit Connect Electric Brief Test

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Ford Transit Connect Electric

Ford Transit Connect Brief Test

VansA 2 Z had its short drive in the Transit Electric at a Ford press held the day before the 2011 Vehicle Show. Sold selected Ford dealerships, the drivetrain is designed, produced and by Azure Dynamics.

We visited its just to the north of London, and a day with the Electric Connect around Stevenage and its suburbs to get a idea of what it’s to live with in its natural, environment.

Azure receives its in the form of ‘mules’ from factory in Turkey. Basically the van minus the powertrain, so it doesn’t to start dismantling anything the installation can begin at its production in Worcester. It also means Azure doesn’t then to sell-on the original diesel


The tried and tested Drive system is used to the Connect with all the hard done by a three-phase induction sited, along with all the kit, under the bonnet. a fixed-ratio gearbox, it provides the wheels with 158Nm of torque, peaking at an impressive

Power for the motor comes a 28kWh lithium-ion battery which fits neatly the long-wheelbase Connect’s load Re-charging from a standard 13A supply takes around hours and the standard fuel-filler conceals the socket. A very bit of integration.

Load Area

to the positioning of the battery pack the van’s 3.8m3 of load is retained and gross payload is a reasonable 575kg. The diesel-powered offers 900kg.

Access to the 1,986mm long and wide load area is thanks to twin symmetrical doors and two sliding side Load height is 1,364mm and the narrows to 1,226mm between the boxes.

In-Cab Comfort

has not skimped on the specification of its zero-emission Connect. Based on Ford’s package it comes with all the goodies drivers expect days. These include central locking, electric and door mirror adjustment, player with an aux-in and steering column remote and there’s even air conditioning.

the Wheel

Electric vehicle may have the impression that EVs have any performance to speak of; could not be further from the at least in the case of this emission Connect. Floor the and it rockets off the line and overtaking, on dual carriageways and motorways, no problems.

There is a downside to using all the performance, however. The range be reduced dramatically. Drive the sensibly using a light foot, don’t exceed 40mph, which is not a problem in cities, and a range of 60 – 80 miles be achievable.

Ford Transit Connect Electric

Naturally this is dependent; the heavier the weight in the the shorter the range.

Out on the road the are topped up by a kinetic energy system which operates braking and lift-off deceleration. are three settings — ‘D’, ‘2’ and ‘1‘ — using the gearstick, which the strength of recuperation, ‘1’ being the Around town we found the ‘1’ the most effective as it supplied so retardation that we hardly had to use the at all with a bit of forward planning.

Like when approaching a red light, for example.

Apart the whisper quiet powertrain just like driving any Transit Connect. Supportive clear and well laid-out and controls and bags of storage It rides and handles well the weight of the battery pack the rear-end down nicely, with no load on board.

the reduced payload the load retains all the practicality of the diesel-powered Excellent access thanks to the twin sliding side combined with the full-height rear doors and six sturdy rings are provided on the floor. is also very little so that boxes can be stacked utilising as much of the load as possible.

As far as peace of mind is concerned Electric is covered by Ford’s base Transit Connect (three years/100,000 miles and 12 for corrosion) for all the non-powertrain components. On top of it comes with five miles cover for the Azure and modified components.

Transit Electric should not be thought of as a The Azure dynamics electric is so well integrated that it have been fitted on the line. It’s a well zero emission light van has practicality by the spadeful.

The only is the initial cost of going £40,000 is a big investment. Thanks to low running and fuel costs, Azure reckons it should pay for in about three to four

Interview with Gary sales marketing director for Dynamics Europe…

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


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