It may not be as glamorous as as Lotus Evora Hybrid or a Tesla Roadster, but it’s ability to create a paradigm shift in attitudes towards using electric vehicles for industry is second to none. The Ford Transit Connect is all set to be released a little later this year (2010) and the interest already registered in the van imply that it will be a strong revenue stream for Ford. The electric Transit Connect features a range of about 80 miles and a top speed of 75Mph, the recharge time of 6-8 hours might deter some buyers though.
All in all, for a city based delivery service the electric Transit may offer extraordinary savings in both fuel and maintenance costs in both the long and short term.
Official Ford Transit Connect Specifications
0-60 – 12 seconds unladen, 15 seconds laden.
Range – 80 miles
Battery System – Lithium-ion
Regenerative Braking – Yes
Torque – 158Nm – 235NM
Battery Capacity – 28 KwH
Maximum Payload – 1,000 lbs. (454Kg)
Charge Time – 6-8 hours
Top Speed – 75 Mph
Ford lists the benefits of the Transit Connect Electric Below;
•The number of components typical in an internal combustion engine and transmission are dramatically reduced in an electric vehicle to just a few moving parts in the electric motor and transaxle, which results in much fewer parts to wear out or maintain.
•Electric powertrains operate with solid state electronics, which have demonstrated low or no maintenance over the life of the product.
•Electric vehicles have completely sealed cooling systems that do not require refilling, replacement or flushing.
•Electric vehicles require no oil changes or tune-ups.
•There are no belts to wear out or break and no spark plugs or injectors to clean or adjust.
•There is no exhaust system to replace and no liquid fuel system to freeze or clog.
•The use of regenerative braking reduces wear and tear on brake pads.
Transit Connect Electric is a strong addition to Ford’s successful Transit Connect. Both have the following specs:
•135 cubic feet of cargo volume with 59.1 inches of floor-to-ceiling load height and 47.8 inches of load width between the wheel arches.
•Load length of just over six feet of cargo floor space.
•Split rear cargo doors that open at a standard 180 degrees, or an optionally available 255 degrees.
•Lift-over height less than two feet when the vehicle is unloaded.
•Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering allows a 39-foot curb-to-curb turning circle for maneuverability in tight urban spaces.
•Bulkheads, racks, bins and other upfits can be mixed, matched and configured to suit many specific commercial applications and needs.