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Ford Transit Connect Electric

Review of the 2012 Ford Connect Electric

An electric of the popular Transit Connect, 80 range, excellent speed and and offers savings to fleet It was shown today in the San Francisco leg of s Power of Choice tour ing the carmaker s line of eco-friendly

The Ford Transit Connect is a delivery van type of vehicle, and the combustion version is popular The 100% electric version for this review is in limited for Ford, by Azure Dynamics. The Connect is primarily targeted to owners, who are expected to be interested in an truck for pragmatic business due to savings in fuel and maintenance.

The Connect is a light duty originally designed for Ford and is imported to the US from Europe. It has since 2002, and the electric has been on sale since 2010. It’s a very vehicle with a plain cabin and a rear cargo that’s highly customizable to cargo, tools, workbenches, or seating to make it into a carrier.

The customizability makes it suitable for any needing a medium size duty van.

The driver has visibility out the large windshield and mirrors. The rear view doubles as the display for a backup when the transmission is shifted reverse. You turn on the electric in a manner similar, for an unknown to how you start a gasoline car. In a gas car you the ignition key all the way to where the engine is and once the engine starts you the key so it snaps back to the on position.

The Transit Connect starts the way, where you turn the key all the some dashboard lights on, you release the key which snaps to the on position, and you’re good to go. For an vehicle this is unnecessary as is no engine that has to start, and it be sufficient to simply turn the key an off to on position, however this may be to give delivery truck a familiar driving experience.

There is essentially no sound the vehicle is turned on, but the dashboard are on. It’s just a matter of it into gear via the normal pressing the accelerator pedal and And boy does it go. One might expect a van to have pokey performance, but van has serious get-up-and-go. There is full torque at 0 RPM effect electric vehicles that is the nice acceleration of the Transit Electric.

That full effect is really up to the vehicle and specifically how they configure the and other attributes of the vehicle. In any the nice acceleration of this van was quite fun, and with little noise as one would with an electric vehicle. The handling is excellent, with a responsive accelerator, brake and along with excellent

One of the lesser known side of traditional diesel or gasoline trucks is that noise, and exposure to diesel exhaust driver fatigue and other health effects. The Transit Electric has none of these no noise of any significance, very vibration, and of course no exhaust of any This should make vans popular with the

The cargo area in the test was filled with racks Ford Marketing was using to their marketing material. It a fairly typical use-case of around a quantity of small in racks. These racks simply bolted to preconfigured in the walls in the cargo area.

Ford Transit Connect Electric

The cargo area is designed customization in mind, to suite any of the range of needs that have for specialized vehicles.

The Transit Connect Electric has an drive train designed and by Azure Dynamics, a company history in electric vehicle dates back to the early It incorporates a Siemens AC electric an AC controller (inverter) designed by Dynamics, and a battery pack Johnson Controls (Saft). The pack capacity is 28 kilowatt and Azure Dynamics claims gives a 60-80 mile range depending on how heavily the vehicle is. The charging time is 6-8 due to the 3.3 kilowatt charger (a 6.6 kilowatt would cut charging time to 3-4

The maximum payload is a bit over lbs in the 129 cubic foot cargo Top speed is 75 miles/hr (on flat and it takes 12 secs to go from miles/hr. The Azure Dynamic train components carry a year warranty.


Fleet customers have buying considerations than customers. They are able to a lot from savings in fuel and costs. The fuel cost are similar to what we discussed the day regarding cheaper operating for the Volt and Leaf (Consumer Leaf and Volt cheaper to run gasoline cars ). Essentially electric drive trains are efficient than gasoline, the cost is lower for an electric an equivalent gasoline or diesel An additional factor is the reduced needs because there are no plugs or oil to change, or most of the routine maintenance tasks must be done on internal vehicles.

This means that a can initially lean to an electric vehicle due to environmental social concerns, and then be pleasantly to learn these vehicles can the bottom line as well.

The Connect Electric is available now via authorized dealers listed on the Dynamics web site .

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

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