Electric Transit Connect vans go rallying02 August 2011

Two Transit Connect Electric vans have successfully completed a 75-mile route from Oxford to London in a convoy of electric, hybrid and low-emission vehicles, as part of the 2011 Bridgestone Eco Rally.

The event featured more than 30 low and zero emission vehicles including cars, motorbikes, and commercial vehicles such as vans, trucks and taxis.

"Ford is developing a portfolio of electric vehicles that offer affordable, environmentally friendly technologies in vehicles they want and value," says Graham Hoare, executive director powertrain engineering, Ford of Europe.

"The Bridgestone Eco-Rally is a great opportunity to showcase the first of these vehicles to go on sale – the Transit Connect Electric."

The Transit Connect Electric, developed in conjunction with Azure Dynamics, is the first of five electrified Ford models to be made available in Europe.

It is a pure electric-powered version of the Transit Connect LCV, and its Force Drive battery electric drivetrain and advanced battery pack from Johnson Controls help it achieve a range of up to 80 miles with a payload of 500kg.

John Challen

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