Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ford Transit Connect Electric Vehicle is now Available in Oregon

• Ford is working with Azure Dynamics to deliver an all-electric Ford Transit Connect van.  Azure Dynamics will integrate its Force Drive™ battery electric drivetrain in the Ford Transit Connect Electric.  Force Drive components have been used in more than 40 vehicle integrations and have more than 25 million miles of on-the-road experience.  Azure Dynamics has been designing and developing electric drive systems for more than 20 years, providing customers with zero-emission transportation solutions.

Ford 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 electric and electric commercial vehicles.  Leveraging its ONE Ford strategy, Ford has committed to delivering all-electric power for commercial applications on a global platform.  With Oregon and more specifically Portland being one of the greenest cities in America it makes sense for Gresham Ford, the greenest auto dealership in Gresham, to offer the Electric Version of the Ford Transit Connect.  This will be the first commercial use electric vehicle.  Can you imagine trying to carry flower arrangements, boxed lunches, or plumbing equipment in the Nissan Leaf?  The Ford Transit provides the space and payload while utilizing the electric technology. 

Transit Connect Electric is the initial offering in Ford’s aggressive new vehicle electrification strategy.  During the next three years, Ford will also introduce in North America: A new Ford Focus Electric car in 2011.  Next-generation hybrid vehicles, including a plug-in version, by 2012 will be in production and offered for sale by all Oregon Ford Dealerships including Gresham Ford.  The use of a global commercial vehicle platform showcases Ford’s ability to deliver products with worldwide marketing opportunities also exist.  Strategic partnerships with suppliers are a key element of Ford’s electrification strategy. 

Its unique combination of driving dynamics, cargo capacity, accessibility and low costs of operation makes Transit Connect an ideal platform for all-electric power.  Commercial users travel predictable, shortrange
routes with lots of stop-and-go in urban and suburban environments – Transit Connect Electric can help them deliver in an environmentally friendly way.

The all-electric version has a range of up to 80 miles, making it a useful hauler, with reduced operation and maintenance costs over the long haul.  Transit Connect is designed, engineered and manufactured by Ford on a dedicated global commercial vehicle platform to tough, small commercial vehicle durability standards.

For more information about converting your fleet to electric or other alternative fuels contact the Gresham Ford Fleet Department or Annette Wetzel-Ramirez specifically with your questions.  To see the Gresham Ford on-line inventory of Ford cars and trucks for sale in Portland Oregon visit their website or email with your request.