DEARBORN, MI – In 2010, Ford Motor Company 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 vehicle will be available in select U.S. Ford dealerships in 2010.
The initial offering in Ford's aggressive new electric vehicle plan to bring pure battery-powered vehicles, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids to market, Transit Connect with battery electric power is a collaborative effort between the automaker and European battery electric upfitter Smith Electric Vehicles. In the U.K. and select European markets, Smith already offers battery electric versions of the Ford Transit medium commercial vehicle to fleet customers designed, engineered, and manufactured by Ford of Europe on a dedicated global commercial vehicle platform to beat tough, light commercial vehicle durability standards.
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.