Ford Motor Company has taken another step forward in adding electric vehicles to their fleet by announcing an all-electric version of their Transit Connect van. The conventional version of the Transit Connect was named Truck of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. A small number of electric Transit Connect trucks will be available later this year, with subsequent production levels to be based on demand.
The truck is an all-electric vehicle, and is targeted at commercial uses such as route driving with fairly regular, predictable driving. However, Ford has also said that they "would not exclude retail sales" for the van.
The electric Transit Connect has an expected range of 80 miles from a 28 kWh lithium ion battery pack. It is designed to recharge at a 240 volt charging station over a period of 6-8 hours. Charging from a 120 volt supply is also possible.
via: Ford press release
written by bigjobsboard, February 12, 2010
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