Next year, U.S. drivers (and, more often, deliverypeople) will get to test out Ford's (and Smith's) new all-electric compact delivery van, the Transit Connect BEV. Until that time, we can get a feel for what it's like to cruise in silent EV mode thanks to drivers in the UK, where the van is now available. Joseph Simpson, of Re*Move, was recently able to take the van out for a test drive and has shared his thoughts – and a video – on the drive with us. First impression: EVs are a ton of fun to drive and people will "get really hooked" on them once they've experience some time behind the wheel.
Simpson found the regenerative braking to be a bit harsh, but quickly learned to adjust his driving so that he could use the hard regen to avoid using the brake pedal almost entirely. For example, "Leaving a highway at 65mph, the van brought itself to a stop at the end of the off-ramp, without any intervention from the friction brakes." Check out the whole thing and the video after the jump. Thanks to Joseph for sharing!