Two of the vans were presented to the Prince of Wales at Clarence House in London, days before they take part in the 2011 Eco Rally from Oxford to London’s Pall Mall.
The annual rally features some of the newest green technology, including electric and hybrid vehicles, and is Ford’s first chance to showcase the new Ford Transit Connect Electric prior to an expected launch in 2012.
Joe Greenwell said: "Ford is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its products and facilities and is delighted to be involved with Start’s Sustainability Exhibition here at Clarence House. We are very excited that the first of five Ford electric or hybrid vehicles we will launch in the next two years – the zero-emission Transit Connect Electric – is taking part in the Bridgestone Eco Rally."
The Ford Transit Connect Electric will go up against the Renault Kangoo Z.E. van as the first wave of electric vans in the UK arrive in dealerships.
It will be followed by a plug-in hybrid version of the Ford C-Max and an all-electric Ford Focus in the Ford range. The company also boasts several ‘eco-themed’ models such as the Econetic diesel engine range and Ecoboost petrol range.
The Ford Focus Econetic and smaller Ford Fiesta Econetic both offer CO2 emissions under 100g/km – the cut-off point for zero road tax in the UK and exemption from the London congestion charge.
The new Ford Transit Connect Electric van will be the greenest vehicle in Ford’s range however, and will take its place at the Eco Rally in association with Start, a Prince of Wales scheme to encourage eco-friendly living.