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In his latest episode of the plug-in-centric show Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn takes the Ford Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric for a spin.

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Step aside, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. Or at least make way. The electrified Ford Transit Connect panel van is gaining momentum among EVs.

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With a whopping 19 electric vehicles, FedEx's battery-powered fleet isn't all that big. But, with FedEx Express adding more than 4,000 fuel-efficient vehicles within the next two months – including 24 of the electric-only variety – the package delivery company's fleet of electrics will soon more than double in size to, drumroll, 43 units.

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Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Jay Leno's Green Car Challenge Ford Focus EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res gallery

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As Ford prepares to start selling the Transit Connect Electric later this year and the Focus Electric in 2011, it has to thoroughly test the lithium ion battery systems used in these vehicles. To help accelerate the process, Ford has equipped all of its test vehicles and the battery packs being tested in the lab with wireless remote monitoring systems.

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Ford has teamed up with California-based Coulomb Technologies to give away free charging stations to early customers of its electric vehicles, starting with the Transit Connect Electric.

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Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford Transit Connect – Click above for high-res image gallery

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