Ford Motor Company
announced plans to market a pure
battery electric-powered light
commercial vehicle in North
America, based on the all-new
Transit Connect global
commercial vehicle platform."The
new Transit Connect light
commercial vehicle with battery
electric power represents the
next logical step in our pursuit
of even greater fuel economy and
sustainability," said Derrick
Kuzak, Ford's group vice
president of Global Product
Development. "A growing number
of our commercial vehicle fleet
clients have expressed interest
in electrification as a
sustainable mobility solution.
By leveraging our global team
and asset portfolio, we're able
to quickly bring this
environmentally friendly, strong
‘silent type' to market." The
use of a global commercial
vehicle platform showcases
Ford's ability to deliver
products with worldwide
Powering this electrification
drive is the company's "One
Ford" global product vision.
Transit Connect with battery electric power is the initial offering in Ford's aggressive new electric vehicle plan to bring pure battery-powered vehicles, hybrids and plug-in hybrids to market. To start, during the next four years, Ford will introduce in North America:
The Transit Connect battery electric commercial vehicle in 2010
A new battery electric small car in 2011
Next-generation hybrid vehicles in 2012
Plug-in hybrid versions in 2012
Collaboration with experienced global partner enables speed to market
Ford is working with Smith Electric Vehicles, the European market's leading battery electric upfitter of commercial vehicles, which is part of the U.K.-based Tanfield Group of companies. Since 1920, Smith has converted tens of thousands of vehicles to battery electric power. In the U.K. and select European markets, Smith already offers battery electric versions of the Ford Transit Connect and also the Ford Transit Connect medium commercial vehicle to fleet customers.
Transit Connect commercial platform ideally suited to battery electric power
Ford Transit Connect has been a global success. Its unique combination of car-like driving dynamics, cargo capacity, accessibility and low costs of entry and operation make it a logical platform for battery electric power. Transit Connect has been designed, engineered and manufactured by Ford of Europe on a dedicated global commercial vehicle platform to beat tough, light commercial vehicle durability standards.
Many commercial users travel predictable, short-range routes, with lots of stop and go in urban and suburban environments. For companies aiming for sustainable mobility solutions, Transit Connect with battery electric power can help them deliver in an environmentally friendly way.
A range of up to 100 miles makes Transit Connect a useful hauler, with significantly reduced operation and maintenance costs over the long haul. Numerous federal and regional programs offer incentives for companies to electrify their fleets. Ford Transit Connect with battery electric power will be available in select U.S. Ford dealerships in 2010.