Ford Transit Connect EV

Ford Transit Connect EV
Date:1 May 2011 Tags:, ,

Ford’s first credible EV, an electrified version of the Transit Connect van, is on sale in the US now, although only about 200 will be produced this year. Thanks to an under-the-floor lithium-ion battery pack (28 kWh), the cargo hauler doesn’t lose any interior space, but the extra half-ton of weight reduces payload to about 500 kg. The electric motor’s paltry 58-kW maximum output is offset by nearinstantaneous torque (158 N.m), so it doesn’t feel slug-bug slow. While it’s meant mainly for utility-company fleets, eco-minded suburbanites can buy a TC EV with rear seats. But they’ll have to endure a steep (the equivalent of about R400 000, before incentives). – Ben Wojdyla

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