Electric Transit Connect wagon launched

Ford Motor Company and Azure Dynamics Corporation have released a new version of the Transit Connect

November 17, 2011
by Fleet Management staff

DEARBORN, MICHIGAN: Ford Motor Company and Azure Dynamics Corporation have released a new version of the Transit Connect, the Ford Transit Connect Electric wagon. The wagon is a logical next step for Azure and Ford which first introduced an electrified Transit Connect in December 2010.

The wagon is designed for businesses that want the flexibility to move either cargo and/or passengers with the efficiencies offered by the electric powertrain. The wagon is especially well-suited to campus settings where frequent short-range routes are commonly traveled.

“With the addition of the new Transit Connect Electric wagon, we expand our product portfolio and offer our commercial customers more versatility to meet their transportation needs with fully electric operation,” said Scott Harrison, Azure Dynamics chief executive officer.  “As a derivative of our successful Transit Connect Electric cargo van, the wagon shares a common electric drive integration and glider helping to keep additional development cost low.”

Like its cargo van sibling, the Transit Connect Electric Wagon qualifies for the $7,500 federal incentive in the US.

Since its introduction in December 2010, more than 450 Transit Connect Electric vans have been purchased by many commercial vehicle fleets including AT&T, Canada Post, DHL, FedEx Express, and Post Norway to name a few. Other early adopters of Transit Connect Electric include energy providers and private businesses seeking to better understand and utilize the benefits associated with electrified transportation.

To create the Transit Connect Electric wagon, Azure integrates its proven Force Drive electric powertrain into the award-winning Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon and offers enhanced second-row passenger comfort while still providing considerable cargo space and payload capacity.

Using an advanced liquid-cooled 28 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery from Johnson Controls, Transit Connect Electric wagon can achieve a range of 90 to 130 km on a single charge depending on driving conditions and ancillary power usage. The wagon has a top speed of 120 kmh.

Wagon owners will have the option of recharging Transit Connect Electric with either a standard 120-volt outlet, or preferably a 240-volt charging station, typically installed at the user’s base of operations for optimal recharging in six to eight hours.  The vehicle’s charge port is located above the passenger-side rear wheel well in the spot typically used for conventional re-fueling.