Ford Ranger makes UK debut at CV Show
The model features impressive towing capability and Smart technologies including Adaptive Load Control, Trailer Sway Control, Voice Control and the segment's first rear-view camera system.
Steve Clary, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain, said: 'With the CV Show reverting to its traditional format this year, we are delighted to be in attendance and supporting the message of innovation and development in road transport. We will be exhibiting a comprehensive range of our existing vehicles and some of our exciting future models. The show presents a fantastic opportunity for us to meet with many important customers.
'Despite the recent economic turbulence, Ford has continued to heavily invest in exciting and technologically advanced vehicles for the CV industry.'
Also at the show will be the Transit Connect, which appears in battery electric form for the first time. This zero-emission, electric-powered version of the Transit Connect light commercial vehicle features a lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 28kWh and a chassis-mounted 55kW electric traction induction motor. With a range of up to 80 miles, it has a top speed of 75mph.
Developed in conjunction with Ford's US-based electric vehicles partner Azure Dynamics, it has a proprietary Force Drive battery electric drive train powered by an advanced battery pack. This can be charged via a standard power outlet – an onboard converter then charges the battery pack. Fully charging the batteries takes under 10 hours using a household 230 volt supply.
The Transit Connect Electric goes on sale in the UK this summer