Ford's First Electric Vehicle Goes On Sale In The U.S.
DETROIT, U.S.A. - The Ford Motor Company will start selling their Transit Connect Electric van in the United States shortly. The 2011 Transit Connect Electric will be Ford's first electric car offered for sale in North America and this will be followed by the Ford Focus Electric later in 2011. The Transit Connect Electric will have an acceleration equivalent to a gasoline powered Transit Connect with a top speed of 75 mph (121 km/h) and a fully charged battery range of 80 miles (129 km).
The powertrain of the Transit Connect Electric will be installed in Michigan for Ford by Azure Dynamics Corporation. The Transit Connect Electric is powered by a liquid cooled Siemens AC induction motor with maximum torque at 235 Nm and continuous torque at 158 Nm. The Transit Connect's electric motor draws power from a Johnson Controls - Saft designed lithium ion battery pack made up of 16 modules (192 cells) and rated at 28 kWh and a voltage range of 215-390 volts. A regenerative braking system is used to charge the battery during deceleration of the vehicle.
The Transit Connect's Azure Force Drive electric powertrain will have a 5 year/60,000 mile (96,000 km) warranty coverage offered to the purchaser. All other non-electric components will be covered by the standard Transit Connect's vehicle warranty.
The Ford Transit Connect Electric is a zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) and its purchasers are expected to be commercial service and delivery companies in the urban core of cities, where the daily distance travelled meets the 80 mile fully charged range of the vehicle. AT&T have committed to be a lead purchaser of the Transit Connect Electric as part of their approach to invest up to $565 million in purchasing 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles for their fleet.