Ford Expands UK Testing of All-Electric Delivery Vehicle

· · 9 years ago

Ford's European electric vehicle took a leap forward this week when the company expanded plans to test a fleet of its electric Transit Connect delivery vehicles. The Transit Connect Electric demonstration fleet is developed with funding assistance from the UK Government's "Ultra-Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator" program.

For a few months, we’ve known about Ford’s electrification plans in Europe—the introduction of the Transit Connect Electric light commercial vehicle in 2011; the release of the Ford Focus Electric in 2012; and hybrid and plug-in hybrid version of its C-Max vehicle—a kind of small versatile family wagon—in 2013.

Ford’s next step is to test vehicles and infrastructure by putting a demo fleet on the road. A consortium of Ford, Scottish and Southern Energy and the University of Strathclyde is providing the Transit Connect Electric and charging infrastructure in and around Hillingdon during 2010 and 2011. The project allows Ford to increase the demonstration fleet to 21 passenger vehicles from the original plan of 15.

The chairman of Ford of Britain, Joe Greenwell, expressed the company's goals to develop a portfolio of fuel-efficient technologies. "There is increasing interest among our customers for electrified vehicles and we are responding by stepping up our efforts to bring these models to the marketplace alongside our latest-generation, fuel-efficient petrol and diesel powered models," Greenwell said.

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