• Aug 5th 2011 at 4:04PM
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Nestled in a convoy of electric, hybrid and other low-emission vehicles, two Transit Connect Electric vans successfully completed a 75-mile trek from Oxford to London, as part of the 2011 Bridgestone Eco Rally.

On Sunday, rallyers left Oxford en route to the finish line at the UK's sustainable transport exhibition at The Mall in London. The convoy – consisting of more than 30 low- and zero-emission vehicles including cars, motorcycles, vans, trucks and taxis – took part in the Bridgestone Eco-Rally to showcase vehicles of the future.

The Transit Connect Electric, a collaborative effort between Ford and Azure Dynamics, is the first of five electrified Ford models to be offered in Europe. The van's range – listed at up to 80 miles – was undoubtedly tested during the Eco-Rally. Looks like it passed.

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Transit Connect Electric Vans enter Oxford to London Eco Rally

London, 1st 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 rally took place on Sunday 31st July, this year starting from Broad Street, Oxford and finishing in the UK's largest sustainable transport exhibition at The Mall in London.

The convoy comprised more than 30 of the latest low and zero emission vehicles including cars, motorbikes, vans, trucks and taxis.

Graham Hoare, executive director powertrain engineering, Ford of Europe, said: "Ford is developing a portfolio of electric vehicles that offer customers affordable, environmentally friendly technologies in vehicles they want and value. 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 Ford's electric vehicles partner, 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 award-winning Transit Connect light commercial vehicle. It has a proprietary Force Drive™ battery electric drivetrain powered by an advanced battery pack from Johnson Controls, carrying a range of up to 80 miles with a payload of up to 500kg.

Ford has committed to introduce five full-electric and hybrid models in Europe by 2013 as part of its global electrification strategy. These include the Transit Connect Electric this year, the next generation Ford Focus Electric in 2012, followed by hybrid and plug-in hybrid derivatives of the all-new C-MAX and another hybrid-electric model in 2013.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      80 mile range is good enough for a daily local delivery van. The main I worry about with the Ford Transit is the price. They need to get the price down a little more.
        Marco Polo
        • 8 Months Ago
        Yeah, the price is straight out of the old 'heroic conversion' days of EV development. The Ford Connect is not a obviously superior van than the proposed Renault Kangoo EV. (In fact in some ways the Kangoo is better). Light commercial vehicle buyers, are very price. The reason are obvious. Emotion and brand loyalty play relatively minor roles in determining the purchase of a Light commercial vehicle. In a fleet situation, the man buying the van, is usually not the man driving the van! So price, and function become deciding factors. The comparison between the two vehicles, would have become apparent if the Kangoo had been released on time, however with the Kangoo general release date set for October, the controversial Renault battery leasing scheme is crucial to the Kangoo's success. Renault is yet to find a mainstream Auto vehicle financier to offer commercial vehicle finance, if the batteries are leased to Renault. It's rumoured that French Minister Christine Lagarde refused to underwrite a bonding facility that would allow Renault to offer guarantee facility to Auto-fleet financiers and banks, providing finance agreements to Kangoo buyers, where the batteries were leased to Renault. Curiously RCI (formerly Renault Financial Services), the whole owned finance arm of Renault, gave conflicting replies as to policies regarding the finance of Kangoo's with battery leasing agreements in place. But, as I say, until the Renault plan is fully rolled out, it's all just speculation! If Renault can get all it's duck in a row, the future for the Connect EV looks uncompetitive.
      Levine Levine
      • 8 Months Ago
      With new battery,range =80miles. After 5 years, 80% x 80 = 64miles. But the race track is 75 miles, meaning the Transit will be Found On Road Dead. F.O.R.D.
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Why do you assume a drop to 80% capacity after 5 years? Are you simply inventing figures since you do not source them? The battery which seems likeliest to drop in capacity fastest are the Nissan/Renault passively cooled manganese spinel ones, and they reckon with normal speed charging most of the time to get around 7 years or so down to 80%, after perhaps 100,000 miles. Since the Ford batteries have liquid cooling they should last many years down to 80%, perhaps for the life of the vehicle.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Every bit of this thing sucks. cant tow, Too small, limited range, ugly as sin, And worthless.
        • 8 Months Ago
        It is not massed produced. Fords half measure to say they have a EV. 52k dollars is hard to recover over the life of the vehicle. (Depends on gas prices) Ford going through the motions but doing nothing really. Green advertisement, nothing more. Ahead of GM by a small margin.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Since when does a DELIVERY VAN tow???? And what do you need more range for in the city????? Stupid comments for stupid reasons.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I guess this is an excuse to spend a weekend in London waiting your turn to recharge your EV.
        • 8 Months Ago
        There can be far worse places to spend you time in..
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