Ford Transit Connect Electric ready for UK launch

The all electric van, the smaller sibling of the UK-built Ford Transit, is powered by a 55kW electric motor, which in turn us supplied by a 28kW lithium-ion battery pack.

The van, designed for businesses operating in city areas, has a range of 80 miles and a top speed of 75mph.

After successfully completing the challenge alongside 63 other low-CO2 vehicles, the Transit Connect will be sold in the UK from 2011.

Graham Hoare, executive powertrain director, Ford of Europe, said: “This challenge was a great opportunity for Ford to showcase our latest production-ready electric powertrains and advanced internal combustion engine technology.

"We are delighted that our Transit Connect Electric, realised in a collaborative effort with Azure Dynamics Corporation, comfortably completed the challenge and we are looking forward to its production launch in 2011.”

The van will be one of the first all-electric vans to be sold in the UK and will go up against a similar all-electric vehicle from French manufacturer Renault, the Kangoo Z.E.

The Future Car Challenge also saw the more conventionally powered Ford Fiesta Van ECOnetic win the ‘Most Economic Light Commercial Vehicle’ award after recorded fuel consumption of 78.6mpg.

Boasting a frugal 1.6-litre Duratorq diesel engine, the compact van is one of the greenest vans on the market with CO2 emissions of just 98g/km.

Ian Giblin, light commercial vehicle product manager, Ford of Britain, said: “We are very pleased to receive this ‘best-economy’ award for the Fiesta Van ECOnetic. Ford are continuing to be among the UK’s fuel economy leaders from cars to commercial vehicles.”

The Ford Fiesta van ECOnetic is available to buy now from £11,650. The Ford Transit Connect Electric will be go on sale in the UK in 2011.