Demand for Ford Transit Connect Electric Van Exceeds Expectations

Ford Transit Connect

Detroit Bureau - August 29, 2011

Ear­ly demand for the Ford Tran­sit Con­nect Elec­tric Van indi­cates orders could exceed the first year sales tar­get of 700. The Ford van can reach 75 mph using its 28 kilo­watt-hours of LIon bat­ter­ies, with a nom­i­nal range of 80 miles per charge. Recharg­ing takes about four hours using a Lev­el II 220-volt charg­er. Signs are strong that the fleet mar­ket for elec­tric vehi­cles could pro­vide the ini­tial spark for bat­tery propul­sion because the needs of many com­mer­cial cus­tomers are more in line with the lim­i­ta­tions of elec­tric propul­sion, most notably range.