Ford Transit Connect Electric set for UK debut

The 60 mile drive aims to find the most efficient vehicle on UK roads as part of the RAC Future Car Challenge.

The all-electric Ford Transit Connect Electric is, as the name suggests, based on the Ford Transit Connect panel van and is set to go on sale in Europe in 2011.

Featuring a 28kW lithium-ion battery pack powering a 55kW electric motor, the Transit Connect Electric has a range of up to 80 miles meaning it will comfortably cover the 60 mile route.

It will be joined on the way by the standard Ford Fiesta Van and Ford Focus model featuring Ford’s sub-100g/km ECOnetic engines.

The engine is a 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engine delivering 107bhp and Ford hopes the event will demonstrate the vehicle’s 70mpg combined cycle fuel consumption.

The engine was built at Ford’s Dagenham engine plant alongside Ford’s low-CO2 EcoBoost petrol range.

Graham Hoare, executive powertrain director, Ford of Europe, said: “Ford is developing a portfolio of vehicles offering customers affordable environmental technologies in vehicles they want and value.

“The RAC Future Car Challenge is a great opportunity to showcase our latest production-ready electric powertrains and internal combustion engine technology.”

While the race is the first glimpse in the UK of the Ford Transit Connect Electric, the Blue Oval plans to introduce five full-electric and hybrid models to Europe by 2013.

The Ford Transit Connect Electric will be followed by Ford’s first electric car, the Ford Focus Electric and hybrid versions of the new C-Max.