Ford Transit Connect Electric to be revealed at Future Car Challenge
The Transit Connect Electric is a zero-emission, pure electric-powered version of the Transit Connect. It 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.
The Transit Connect Electric's lithium-ion battery pack is 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.
Ford has committed to introducing five full-electric and hybrid models in Europe by 2013 as part of its global electrification strategy. These include the Transit Connect Electric in 2011, the next-generation Ford Focus Electric in 2012, followed by hybrid and plug-in hybrid derivatives of the C-MAX and another hybrid-electric model in 2013.
Three Transit Connect Electric will participate in the RAC Future Car Challenge, a dynamic showcase for electric, hybrid and low-emission vehicles. The event, supported by the Royal Automobile Club, rewards competitors that use the least energy on a 60-mile route from Madeira Drive, Brighton to Regent Street, London.
Joining the Ford Transit Connect Electric, the Ford entry also includes ECOnetic versions of the Ford Fiesta Van and Ford Focus, both of which have emissions less than 100g/km of CO2 and can exceed 70mpg.
Graham Hoare, executive powertrain director, Ford of Europe, said: 'The RAC Future Car Challenge is a great opportunity to showcase our latest production-ready electric powertrains and internal combustion engine technology.'