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Chicago: TransitConnect BEV + 2 (TWO!)

COMMERCIAL VAN HELPS FLEET CUSTOMERS GO COMPLETELY GAS-FREE - Media.FORD.com
  • Ford Transit Connect Electric, a pure electric-powered version of the award-winning Transit Connect small van, goes into production in late 2010
  • Ford is collaborating with Azure Dynamics Corporation to upfit the Transit Connect Electric with Azure’s Force Drive™ battery electric powertrain and Johnson Controls-Saft’s advanced lithium-ion battery technology
  • Transit Connect Electric is the first product in Ford’s accelerated electrified vehicle plan, and will be followed by the Focus Electric in 2011, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in 2012 and next-generation hybrid technology in 2012
  • The all-electric, zero-emission Transit Connect Electric has targeted range of up to 80 miles per full charge, and will be rechargeable using either 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlets
  • Transit Connect Electric is ideal for fleet owners that have well-defined routes of predictable distances and a central location for daily recharging
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FORD TRANSIT CONNECT TAXI ‘ON DUTY’; NEW PEOPLE MOVER RUNS ON GREEN FUELS WITH NEW ENGINE OPTION - Media.FORD.com


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  • Transit Connect Taxi goes into production and will be available for the 2011 model year
  • Transit Connect is built on a dedicated commercial vehicle platform, tested to Ford’s toughest truck standards, offers a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine and is designed to meet the extreme demands of taxi service
  • A new engine prep package allows conversion to efficient, clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane (LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas)
  • Transit Connect’s roomy, easy-to-access interior provides passenger comfort and ample luggage storage space, even after modification to contain CNG/LPG fuel tanks

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Re: Chicago: TransitConnect BEV + 2 (TWO!)

This vehicle is turning into Ford's version of "The Little Engine Who Could".
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Re: Chicago: TransitConnect BEV + 2 (TWO!)

Now we need the Family One production model.



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...when they start making them in NA
...AS A MERCURY

just day-dreaming, maybe they could do 3 themes for Merc?
- Family One (gifted to the Obamas?)
- Tribal(/Urban)
- Posse(/beach-surf-patrol)

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electric? what is the range before refuel? 80 miles is pretty good, but, I hope it will take a short time to refill
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electric? what is the range before refuel? 80 miles is pretty good, but, I hope it will take a short time to refill
The Transit Connect Electric can be charged using a conventional US 110V outlet as well as the Commercial 220V outlet.

Charge times on the 220V outlet will be vastly faster compared to a conventional household 110V outlet.

The premise with the Transit Connect Electric (TCE) is that businesses that opt for this van will invest in some physical infrastructure to make operation more efficient and also to speed up turnaround times...so they will install 220V outlets in their garages to keep the vehicles charged quickly between shifts and overnight.

Even then, I think that with the 110V, and this is just my guess here, that charge times should be like the Volt and be overnight for a full charge.

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Re: Chicago: TransitConnect BEV + 2 (TWO!)

found a charming little youtube video from the L.A.Times



and the accompanying article

Ford rolls out all-electric van - L.A.Times
By Susan Carpenter
March 3, 2010 | 7:41 p.m.
Ford Motor Co.'s first all-electric vehicle made its Los Angeles debut this week at the Petersen Automotive Museum, a fitting locale for a manufacturer to take a successful product from its present lineup and push it into the future.

The electric version of a light-duty cargo van that has been available globally since 2003 and has sold more than 600,000 units, the Transit Connect Electric is the first of four electrified vehicles the Detroit manufacturer plans to bring to market by 2012. The Ford Focus Electric passenger car is due out next year; plug-in and next-generation hybrids should be available in two years.

Despite the public's clamor for an all-electric passenger car, Ford decided to debut its lithium-ion-powered technology with a fleet vehicle whose corporate and government users typically drive them about 40 miles a day, said Praveen Cherian, Ford program manager for the Transit Connect Electric.

That's well within the 80-mile maximum that a Transit Connect can reach on a single charge, he said, allowing the vehicle to recharge at the owner's on-site parking facilities...

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