Ford’s plans for 2010 reveal of full electric vehicle…

December 20, 2008

Source: Autoblog

Ford’s business plan submitted to Congress a few weeks ago indicated that the Detroit-based automaker would be offering a “full battery electric vehicle in a van-type vehicle for commercial fleet use in 2010.” Up until this point, we were left to speculate on the basis for the new EV, but Ford CEO Alan Mulally has now revealed that the new Blue Oval van will be based on the European Ford Transit that’s scheduled to hit U.S. shores in the summer of 2009.

2009 Ford Transit ConnectWe expect to hear more about the upcoming electric van over the next few months, possibly at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but the fact that it’ll be based on the Transit should come as little surprise. The only other cargo vehicle that the automaker has at its disposal is the full-size, rear-wheel-drive E-Series, and that platform would be much less appropriate for an urban electric vehicle than the lighter, front-wheel-drive Transit van.


One comment

  1. The vehicle pictured is the Ford Transit Connect. The Ford Transit is considerably bigger. Battery versions of both have been produced by Smith Electric Vehicles in close co-operation with Ford Europe. The Smith Edison, based on the Transit, was shown at the recent EDTA event in Washington DC. The Smith Ampere, based on the Transit Connect, was displayed on the Ford stand at the CV-2008 commercial vehicles show (NEC, Birmingham, UK) in April.

    The Smith Faraday, based on the Ford F-650, was also shown at CV-2008. All three are dual-badged Ford/Smith.

    Based in England, Smith have been producing electric vehicles for 80 years, in which time they have shipped around 70 thousand of them worldwide. Over 400 have been delivered in the past year. See the Case Studies page on their website http://www.smithelectricvehicles.com for examples.

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