AT&T Will be First Customer for Ford Transit Connect Electric

By Ford Social Member

There are a lot of companies and individuals who can’t wait to get their hands on a Ford Transit Connect Electric. The official first customer will be AT&T, which has agreed to purchase two of the electric vans. These will be latest additions to the company’s growing fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles.

The Ford Transit Connect Electric – the all-electric version of the 2010 Ford Transit Connect – will be powered by Azure Dynamics’ patented Force Drive™ electric drivetrain with an advanced lithium-ion battery from Johnson Controls-Saft. The vehicle, which goes on sale later this year, has a range of up to 80 miles on a single charge and will be rechargeable using either 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlets. It has a top speed of 75 miles per hour.

You can come for a virtual ride in the Transit Connect Electric and hear more about it from Praveen Cherian, Program Manager for the vehicle, in a video by clicking here.

“Cleaner, alternative-fuel vehicles are the future of our corporate fleet, and the Transit Connect Electric represents a real breakthrough and will be a strong addition to our range of alternative-fuel vehicles,” said Jerome Webber, vice president of fleet operations at AT&T. “It’s exactly the kind of vehicle we envisioned when we mapped our long-term vision to invest up to $565 million to deploy more than 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles through 2018.” AT&T currently operates more than 77,000 vehicles in its corporate fleet, including 15 gasoline-powered Ford Transit Connect vehicles AT&T began piloting in 2009.

By combining car-like driving dynamics with truck-like cargo capacity, Ford Transit Connect Electric is well-suited to the demands placed on urban delivery vehicles for small businesses and larger, corporate fleets.

The Transit Connect Electric is expected to offer lower cost of operation because recharging with electricity is generally less expensive than refueling with gasoline. Additionally, customers will benefit from lower maintenance costs as the electric drive train has far fewer moving parts to maintain.

“Ford Transit Connect was first introduced in the U.S. last year as a new fuel efficient alternative to larger commercial vehicles. Adding the electric option addresses a growing demand from our customers for sustainable vehicles for their fleets,” said Gerry Koss, Ford fleet marketing manager. “This Transit Connect Electric represents the first in a family of electrified vehicles, including new hybrids, plug-in hybrids and all battery electric vehicles, which Ford will deliver over the next three years.”

AT&T plans to take delivery of the Transit Connect Electric in late 2010.

To find out more about the Transit Connect and all of our other commercial trucks, visit our new trucks section to find out which truck is the best truck for your business.
Brad Barefoot 10/18/2011
I not sure about a total electric, I'd feel better with either a hybrid or plug-in hybrid version.
Daniil 07/22/2010
I guarantee you that I will break this car in one year with the amount of miles I put on in one day. Sadly this van can't even reach 200 miles range.
albi 06/24/2010
if they can make an electric transit connect, why can't they make an electric small car?

and despite all the ads and hype, i haven't seen a fiesta yet

it's becoming hard to not buy a jetta tdi or a prius

it is painful for those of us who want to buy american cars
Brendon Davis 04/20/2010
Hah, the Ford Transit Connect Hybrid. . . that's a good rhyme actually. . . . those'd be good for deliveries.
tony 04/18/2010
I disagree, that's EXACTLY what they Need! Somebody with the guts to not be a YES-man, remember Noah built the ark, a commitee built the Titanic.
S Morrill 03/28/2010
Can't wait for this practial ALL ELECTRIC vechicle - wish I still had my commercial bakery, it was in a building powered by hydro-electric so my little delivery wagon could have been 100% green. I would have eagerly swapped my Ford Winstar for the Transit!

Way to go Ford for listening to the needs of your buyers. When will the Transit be available for purchase to the general public? Do you have a base price yet?
GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!
John F Fitzpatrick 03/24/2010
How much dose it cost to charge the Tesla?
Thomas 03/17/2010
Haha... oh Mohamed. If you say stuff like that they never will. No one wants a complainer. I cant wait till the Electric Escort.... or the under 30,000K all Electric Tesla. The Tesla Model S already has a 300 mile driving range. Ford when are you coming out with this kinda of a driving range with a 0-60 in 6-7 seconds? When you do I ll be More than Happy( note the positive spin) to test drive it for you.
mohamed 03/16/2010
When is ford going to give a small company the chance to test the hybrid transit on the street of New York . Send me one we will tell you it's faults.

Thank You
Mohamed Sadik
MS Network Solutions Inc.
nicole g 03/09/2010
how much does it cost to fill up on one tank of gas?
what is the fuel source?
how much does it cost?
is it a internal combustion or is this a different type of engine?
how much does it cost to fill up on one tank of gas?