Ford and Azure Will Deliver Transit Connect Electric in Europe

By Ford Social Member

Ford Motor Company and Azure Dynamics deliver the Transit Connect Electric to European customers in late summer 2011. The Transit Connect Electric is the first of five electrified vehicles (battery-electric, hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles) under development as part of the global electrification strategy at Ford.

Azure will integrate its Force Drive™ battery-electric drivetrain into Transit Connect vehicles in Europe to support the sale of the zero-emission battery-electric models in selected markets. Michigan-based Azure began work on its collaborative agreement to deliver the pure battery-electric powertrain for the Transit Connect in the U.S and Canada in October 2009, and the extension of this collaboration into Europe is a logical next step and it's the  first time Azure will operate in the region.

Transit Connect is ideal platform for electrification

The Ford Transit Connect is built on a dedicated global commercial van platform and offers a unique combination of car-like driving dynamics, significant cargo capacity, accessibility, and low purchase and operating costs. It is already a proven success and an ideal choice for electrification.

Commercial van users often travel predictable, short-range routes with frequent stop-and-go driving in tight urban or suburban environments, resulting in a negative impact on the fuel efficiency of internal-combustion engines. This gives the Transit Connect Electric an added economic benefit. In addition, commercial users generally return to a central location at the end of a driving cycle, perfect for recharging overnight.

The Transit Connect Electric will let European fleet owners eliminate the use of diesel or petrol fuel in their small vans and help  lower operating costs. The vehicle will have a targeted range of up to 130 km/80 miles on a full charge with zero exhaust emissions. It will be rechargeable using standard European 220/240-volt outlets within six to eight hours.

Vehicles built without the powertrain will be shipped from the current Ford Otosan manufacturing facility in Kocaeli, Turkey, directly to an Azure-contracted manufacturing location in Europe for final assembly. The completed Transit Connect Electric will then be sold by Azure Dynamics, who will define a specially-created network of dealerships. Repairs to Ford parts under the limited Ford warranty will be provided by Ford dealers. The Transit Connect Electric will be offered in both right- and left-hand drive configurations. Further details of market availability and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Azure's Force Drive™ components have previously been deployed in more than 40 vehicle integrations and have more than 25 million miles of on-the-road experience. As with its North american sibling, the European Transit Connect Electric will be badged with both the Ford Blue Oval and Azure’s Force Drive logo.

Ford's Global Electric vehicles plan

At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show last month, Ford Motor Company confirmed that its global electric vehicles plan would be extending to Europe with five full-electric or hybrid vehicles for European customers by 2013. Specifically, Ford announced it would launch in Europe:
  • Two zero-emission full battery-electric vehicles: the light commercial Transit Connect Electric in 2011 followed by the Ford Focus Electric in 2012

  • Two next-generation petrol hybrid-electric vehicles to be introduced in 2013

  • A plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle also to be introduced in 2013

Ford’s global electrification strategy will deliver a suite of electrified vehicles to a variety of markets and build on the company's overall vision of offering the widest possible range of technology solutions – instead of a single vehicle or technology – to improve fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions for customers around the world.

"We recognize that one technology does not work for all our customers," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Global Product Development. "Our electrification strategy and plans include hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles to best meet our global customers needs. Leveraging our global platforms is also central to this strategy and allows us to build on our strong product lineup in the most customer-driven, affordable way."
sarah conn 01/24/2011
I love this Turkish car :)
scott stanton 05/30/2010
when can the USA get a transit with a four cyl diesel motor ?
Dean Harris 05/15/2010
Is there something the American People can do to convince the united states Auto Makers that
we need better fuel economy from your vehicles. We can put a man on the moon but we can"t get fuel economy for our vehicles.Why do you let Japan and other foreign manufactures to always get better fuel economy as well as better looking vehicles.We cant be that stupid
RJD 05/09/2010
Is china going to beat us again...where is the all electric/solar cars and trucks that
go highway speeds and plug in??? That are affordable for us to drive now...
I am waiting...
Thomas Stauder 05/05/2010
I am sick and tired of seeing vehicles introduced in europe while we pine away in the USA waiting and waiting for Ford to deliver a plug in electric vehicle. It seems you folks don't want Americans to have an electric car. I have been a devoted for car and truck buyer for almost 4 decades but I'm ready to jump ship to nissan or any other manufacturer who will "Do the Right Thing" and deliver an all the promises they have made.