Ford, Mercedes-Benz win awards

Ford and Mercedes-Benz were recognized as environmental leaders at the 2011 Öko-Globe awards.

September 15, 2011
by Fleet Management staff

Ford has won the ÖkoGlobe (translated as “Eco Globe”) award for sustainable production vehicles for the electric Transit Connect. The Öko-Globe, presented by the Öko-Globe Institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen, is considered one of the foremost international environmental awards in the auto industry.

The Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTEC Hybrid was also one of the prizewinners at ÖkoGlobe 2011. Europe’s first production series hybrid truck took third place in the same category. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the Atego BlueTEC Hybrid were reduced by between 10 and 15 percent by systematically integrating the hybrid components, and with the help of an application-specific vehicle operating strategy.

The truck is also quieter and in the braking and deceleration modes, the electric motor operates as a generator, storing energy in lithium-ion batteries, which is then available for extreme load situations. Over 100 units of the “green truck” have already been sold.

This is the fifth consecutive year a Ford platform has won an Öko-Globe award.  “We are indeed delighted about this renewed award,” said Bernhard Mattes, chairman of Ford GmbH.  “Electric power is generally a better value for the money than a tank full of premium fuel or diesel. This makes Transit Connect Electric the ideal choice for clients who want to reduce their costs and at the same time make a lasting contribution to the environment.”

“This award is a real coup for the Transit Connect Electric and tangible recognition of the innovation and environmental benefits provided by Azure’s Force Drive system,” said Scott Harrison, Azure’s CEO.

The Ford Transit Connect Electric is powered by Azure Dynamics’s patented Force Drive electric powertrain. Using an advanced lithium-ion battery, Transit Connect Electric can achieve a range of up to 80 to 130km (50 to 80 miles) on a single charge and has a load capacity of 500kg. The Transit Connect Electric is good for commercial vehicle users who have drive cycles that often include predictable, short range routes with frequent stop/start driving in city/urban environments.