Ford Motor Company has committed the next generation of electric vehicles. Fors is delivering an all electric version of the Transit Connect light duty commercial vehicle in 2010. Ford is collaborating with Azure Dynamics, a world leader in the development and production of hybrid elextric commercial vehicles. Green technology is very important to the northwest community. Gresham Ford is proud to be the first certifiied GREAT Green Gresham Auto Dealership. To earn certification all business practices from coffee cups to oil disposal were scrutinized for their impact on the environment. The collaboration with Azure Dynamics has enabled unprecedented speed to market with the Transit Connect Electric. Ford is also working closely with its dealerships like Gresham Ford to educate business owners and fleets about the benefits of the electric Transit Connect. Azure Dynamics will intergrate its Force Drive battery electric drivetrain in the Ford Transit Connect Electric. Gresham Ford will be accepting ordering for the Transit Connect Electric during the third quarter of 2011. Leveraging its ONE Ford Strategy, Ford has committed to delivering all-electric power for commercial applications on a global platform. The Transit Connect Electric is the first vehicle in Ford Motor Companies Eletrification Plan and the first electric vehicle to be sold by the Gresham Ford Fleet Department and the Municipal Fleet Manager Annette Wetzel-Ramirez. The Transit Connect Electric will also be offered on the State of Oregon Vehicle Contract for all Ford Vehicles. The Transit Connect Electric is the intial offering in Ford's aggressive new vehicle electrifivation strategy. During the next three years, Ford will also introduce in North America as well as Oregon and Washington; a new Ford Focus Electric car in 2011. The next-generation hybrid vehicle platform showcases Ford's ability to deliver products with worldwide marketing opportunities. Strategic partnerships with supploiers are a key element of Ford's electric vehicle strategy.
The Transit Connect has replaced many traditional work vans in Oregon and Washington with its increased gas mileage. Now with the Transit Connect Electric being introduced to the Portland Area and sold by the award winning Gresham Ford Fleet Department even more small businesses as well as municipal fleets are joining the Transit Connect party. Force Drive components have been used in more than 40 vehicle intregations and have more than 25 million miles of on-the-road experience. Ford has chosen Azure Dynamics as its partner becuase of their more than 20 year experience designing and developing electric drive systems and providing customers with zer-emmission transportation solutions. The Transit Connect Electric platform is suited to all-electric power vehicles. This unique combination of driving dynamics, cargo capacity, low maintenance costs and accessibility makes the Transit Connect Electric a perfect answer for environmentally conscience businesses and city fleet managers. Commercial users with predictable short range routes with lots of stop and go driving usually suck up the gas however with the Electric Transit Connect there is an 80 mile range and zero emmissions. Gresham Ford is proud to be a Oregon Ford Dealership offering the Transit Connect Electric. For more information contact the Gresham Ford Fleet Department at 503-669-5343. Or to get the State of Oregon Contract Pricing for any Ford Vehicle contact the Municipal Fleet Manager, Annette Wetzel Ramirez at 503-489-1605 or visit them on the web.