Ford Transit Connect Electric Power To The People! Autoholics

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Ford Transit Connect Electric

I’ve been dying to a Transit Connect for about years now, so when invited Rob and I to come down to Field in Seattle to test the new electrified version of their delivery runabout, I was just beside myself. As we speak, is rolling out the battery-powered vans for use as short-route commercial vehicles—you the kind of stop-and-go quick that the majority of urban vehicles tend to make. a ballsy move for Ford, in light of how the econony’s been

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Ford up with Azure Dynamics to the electric powertrain for the Transit and the results seem pretty It’ll go up to 80 miles on a full and a full charge takes hours. It’s intended for businesses that have daily routes and a central for recharging, and a the sticker price is a daunting: $58,000, meaning all else being equal, take four year to the cost in fuel savings vis a vis the version.

Maybe a tough on struggling business owners ahead into uncertain but I’ve got my fingers crossed for that this one catches on.

Why? Because the concept is A little van with a ton of cargo that’s maneuverable, operator-friendly, to park, and poised to take of a rapidly emerging vehicle-electrification

And would you believe it’s a to drive? Of course it’s got the EV instantaneous torque, and although calibrated not to snap or spin the when you punch the pedal don’t want those drivers having too much it launches hard at gets up to in a hurry. The handling is great, an ultra-tight turning radius and 3-pointers on narrow streets a breeze) none of the tippy of a tall van.

This is largely due to the fact the battery pack sits low the frame rails, and actually the electric Transit a more planted feel than the gas

Ford Transit Connect Electric

Despite the utilitarian bent of the Connect, it rides nice even warzone-like SoDo surfaces (trashed by commercial and ignored by repaving crews), and had none of the clatter-trap feel I would’ve expected from an commercial delivery van. In with the slightly sound-damping interior (as opposed to the cheap-vinyl-everything on the base model), the Transit feels passenger-grade. Indeed, has plans to introduce a version rear seating, making it a family mini van.

It’s about time!

So both delivery-oriented business and in their sights, is there for the enthusiast market? I’d say I can absolutely see using the Transit as a shop truck and parts great for junkyard runs. all the height in the back, you could even crane an engine it, and I can’t think of a body (short of an entire pickup bed that couldn’t be loaded it.

The range of the electric version put some obvious limitations on hauling (a junkyard road to Chilliwack Pick A Part or Classics in Vancouver WA for example), and I know whether or how well the Connect can tow with either But I think that in any iteration, make a great little vehicle and utility runabout. How you, do you think you could use of a small van for hauling duty?

And you even consider an 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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