Ford 2019 Transit Connect Cargo Van in US adds diesel option, 4G LTE

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Ford introduced the new 2019 Transit Connect Cargo Van. The best-selling compact cargo van in the US, Ford Transit Connect has a 46% market share. More than 300,000 Transit Connect vehicles have been sold since 2009 when Ford created the segment in the United States.

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Ford and Azure Dynamics introduce Transit Connect Electric passenger wagon

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Ford Motor Company and Azure Dynamics Corporation are introducing a passenger wagon version of the Ford Transit Connect Electric. The wagon is a logical next step for Azure and Ford which first introduced an electrified Transit Connect in December 2010. To create the Transit Connect Electric wagon, Azure integrates its Force Drive electric powertrain into the Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon. Electric (Battery) Fleets

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Azure Dynamics announces 45 Transit Connect Electric sales

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced 45 new Ford Transit Connect Electric sales, including 20 units in Europe and 25 units in North America, which includes six initial units through the General Services Administration (GSA) via Northside Ford in San Antonio, TX, a four-unit order from Verizon and a four-unit order from an internet company.

Two Transit Connect Electric Vans entering service at DTE

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Detroit Edison (DTE) President and Chief Operating Officer, Steven Kurmas, presented two out of four recently-purchased Ford Transit Connect Electric vehicles ( earlier post ) at DTE Energy headquarters in downtown Detroit. The Transit Connect Electrics will be used by Detroit Edison field crews performing repair and maintenance and operations to electrical lines and other equipment on the electric distribution system.

Ford begins Transit Connect Electric shipments

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The first Ford Transit Connect Electrics are being shipped to customers across North America and the United Kingdom as part of a demonstration project. The commercial vans are equipped with Azure Dynamics Force Drive battery electric powertrain and have been assembled at AM General in Livonia, Michigan. Electric cars Ford Green cars Latest news Azure Dynamics Ford electric cars ford transit connect Ford Transit Connect Electric

Azure Dynamics announces sales of 29 Transit Connect Electrics

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced 29 new Ford Transit Connect Electric sales, including 8 units in Europe and 21 units in North America, which includes a 3-unit reorder from Johnson Controls, Inc. The Transit Connect Electric utilizes a lithium-ion battery pack from Johnson Controls to achieve a range of 50 to 80 miles depending on auxiliary usage and drive cycle and is rechargeable using either a 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlet.

Ford and Azure Dynamics begin shipping Transit Connect Electrics

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Ford Motor Company and Azure Dynamics have begun shipping the first Ford Transit Connect Electrics ( earlier post ) to early customers in North America and to the United Kingdom for a demonstration project. The all-electric commercial vans, built on the Ford Transit Connect vehicle body, equipped with Azure Dynamics Force Drive battery electric powertrain, and assembled by AM General at its facility in Livonia, Mich.,

Canada Post Buying 10 Ford Transit Connect Electric Vans

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Azure Dynamics Corporation and Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited, will deliver one of the first Transit Connect Electric commercial vans to Canada Post under the LEAD customer program. Canada Post will receive one of the Ford Transit Connect Electric delivery vehicles by the end of this year and has committed to the purchase of nine more by end of 2011.

Ford Unveils Electric Transit Connect, Transit Taxi with Alt Fuel Conversion at Chicago Auto Show

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The electric Transit Connect. Ford Motor Company is unveiling the all-electric version of the Ford Transit Connect at the Chicago Auto Show; the small electric van will be in fleet operators’ hands later this year, according to the company. Electric Transit Connect.

Azure Dynamics receives orders for 27 Transit Connect Electric vans

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced 27 Ford Transit Connect Electric van sales, including a five-unit sale to returning customer FedEx Express, a four-unit sale to the City of Toronto, a three-unit sale to DTE Energy, one of Michigan’s largest energy suppliers, and 15 unit sales to various Ford commercial truck dealers.

Azure Dynamics and RøhneSelmer target up to 400 Transit Connect Electric sales annually in Norway

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Azure Dynamics Corporation and RøhneSelmer AS signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to enter into an agreement whereby RøhneSelmer will import and distribute up to 400 Ford Transit Connect Electric vans annually. In March, 2011, RøhneSelmer supported Azure’s inaugural European Transit Connect Electric sale of 58 vans, including 20 vans to Post Norway (Posten Norge AS) via its five locations in and around Norway and in August, 2011, placed an order for 100 additional vans.

Ford unveils all-electric Transit Connect

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The Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the Press today, is the venue for the unveiling of the all-electric version of the Ford Transit Connect. The vehicle will be powered by a liquid-cooled 28kWh lithium-ion battery pack from Johnson Controls-Saft and has an electric powertrain that includes a Siemens model 135 induction motor, a Borg-Warner 31-03 [.].

RøhneSelmer in Norway places early repeat order for 100 more Transit Connect Electric vans

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced that its Norwegian Ford dealership, RøhneSelmer, has signed an order for an additional 100 Transit Connect Electric vans. We sold 50 Transit Connect Electric vans before the first unit was delivered to us and we’re confident we’ll sell many, many more the remainder of this year and beyond. Transit Connect Electric can be recharged using standard European 220-volt outlets in approximately eight hours.

Ford and Azure Dynamics to Collaborate on Transit Connect Electric for Europe

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Ford Motor Company and Azure Dynamics Corporation have signed a collaborative agreement to begin delivering a pure battery electric version of the Ford Transit Connect van to customers in Europe beginning in late summer 2011. Azure will integrate its Force Drive battery electric drive train into Transit Connect vehicles in Europe to support the sale of the zero-emission battery-electric models in selected markets.

Southern California Edison (SCE) Orders 20 Ford Transit Connect Electric Vans

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Southern California Edison (SCE) has become the newest addition to the Ford Transit Connect Electric LEAD customer program with a 20 unit order. SCE will take delivery of one of the limited supply of Ford Transit Connect Electric vans to be produced in late 2010 and will receive its remaining 19 vans in 2011. The battery is rechargeable using either a 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlet.

Norwegian Post becomes first European customer for Transit Connect Electric van with 20-unit purchase; targeting 30% reduction in CO2 by 2015

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Norwegian Post Ford Transit Connect Electric. Norway Post has signed a contract to purchase 20 Transit Connect Electric vehicles, with an option to order more vehicles in the future. Ford and Azure are introducing the Transit Connect Electric in summer 2011.

Azure Dynamics selects Lotus for assembly support for Transit Connect Electric

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Azure Dynamics Corporation has selected Lotus Lightweight Structures, a division of Group Lotus plc, to provide assembly support for the Transit Connect Electric for the European market. Lotus Lightweight Structures will be responsible for upfitting Azure’s patented ForceDrive battery electric powertrain into Ford Transit Connect gliders from its facility in Worcester, UK, beginning in June 2011.

Azure Dynamics Selects Johnson Controls-Saft for Transit Connect Battery Electric Vehicle

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Azure Dynamics Corporation has selected Johnson Controls-Saft (JCS) as the battery supplier for Azure’s Force Drive integration on the Ford Transit Connect Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). North American distribution for the battery electric Transit Connect van is targeted to begin in late 2010. The Transit Connect BEV will use the same battery technology that is currently deployed in the Ford Escape plug-in demonstration fleet.

Xcel Energy and Customer Coalition To Be Among First Users of Electric Transit Connect

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Xcel Energy and a coalition of its customers have been selected to be among the first in the country to receive the all-electric Ford Transit Connect Electric commercial van. Ford Transit Connect Electric is a collaborative effort between Ford Motor Company and Azure. The company will also provide $20,000 grants from its Chairman’s Fund to support the purchase of 11 additional Ford Transit Connect Electric vans for its project partners.

New York Power Authority Becomes Transit Connect Electric LEAD Customer with 10-Unit Order

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Azure Dynamics Corporation and Ford Motor Company announced that New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state public power organization, has been added to the LEAD customer program for the Ford Transit Connect Electric van. To create the Transit Connect Electric, Azure integrates its Force Drive electric powertrain into the Ford Transit Connect. The battery is rechargeable using either a 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlet.

Azure Dynamics Selects AM General for Ford Transit Connect Electric Upfitting

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced that AM General LLC will collaborate in producing the Transit Connect Electric. In this role, AM General, a long-established contract vehicle manufacturer and services provider, will be responsible for final assembly of the Transit Connect Electric for the North American market from its Engineering and Product Development Center in Livonia, Michigan.

Ford Launching Transit Connect in US Starting This Summer; Battery-Electric Version Due in 2010

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The 2010 Ford Transit Connect. Ford is introducing the North American version of the 2010 Transit Connect light commercial vehicle at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show this week. Ford also said that the first product in Ford’s new electric vehicle plan announced in January( earlier post ) will be a battery electric-powered version of the Transit Connect commercial vehicle. The Transit Connect offers 135 cubic feet (3.8

Ford and Smith Terminate Partnership on Electric Transit Connect Project for US; Ford Now Partnering with Azure Dynamics to Deliver the Vehicle in 2010; Smith Partnering with AM General on Electric Vans for USPS

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Ford Motor Company and Smith Electric Vehicles US (SEV US) have mutually agreed to terminate the development project of an electric car-derived van based on Transit Connect. Tanfield remains Ford of Europe’s official collaborator on commercial electric vehicles, initially focused solely on the Ford Transit platform, which is marketed as the Smith Edison. Azure Dynamics and Ford both currently utilize Johnson Controls-Saft battery technology for other products.

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Ford Transit Electric van moves a step closer

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Anyone hoping to get behind the wheel of a Ford Transit Electric has been boosted by the news that Ford has now signed a collaborative agreement with Azure Dynamics Corporation to bring the vehicle to Europe. The aim is to deliver a pure battery electric version of the Ford Transit Connect by late summer 2011 with [.].

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Ford goes wireless

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As it aims to advance its lithium-ion battery systems for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, Ford has gone wireless. Engineers will now collect real-time performance data from batteries in the lab and vehicles on the field using an internet server [.]. Tags: Electric cars Ford Green cars Latest news Ford electric cars Ford Focus electric Ford Transit Connect Electric Ford wireless wireless

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Ford set to release five EVs by 2012

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Ford is on track to produce five hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles for the North American market by 2012 and European markets by 2013, the car maker announces at the Paris Motor Show this week. Tags: Ford C-Max electric hybrid plug-in hybrid Transit connect

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Ford reveals electric car plans for Europe

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This will include two zero-emission battery electric vehicles including the Ford Transit Connect Electric in 2011 and the [.]. Tags: Electric cars Ford Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Focus Electric Ford electric cars Ford Escape Hybrid Ford Europe Ford Focus electric Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford hybrid cars Ford Transit Connect Electric Scottish and Southern Energy

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Ford makes hybrid and electric car commitment

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The company will pour $135million into the design, engineering and production of key components for next generation vehicles with Ford engineers in Dearborn, Michigan, to design lithium-ion battery packs while engineers in [.]. Tags: Electric cars Ford Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Ford C-MAX Hybrid Ford electric car plants Ford electric cars Ford Focus electric Ford hybrid car plants Ford hybrid cars Ford Transit Connect Electric Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Michigan

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Ford and Smith scrap electric Transit plans

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In a surprising decision, Ford Motor Company and Smith Electric Vehicles US have agreed to terminate the development project of an electric car-derived van that would have been based on the Transit Connect. The UK-based Tanfield Group, Smith Electric Vehicles US’s parent company, announced that due to growing demand for its production ready Smith Newton, the forecast volumes for the electric Transit Connect did not in the short- to medium-term justify the investment required.

Ford adds 2nd North American site to build BEVs

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Ford is expanding its production capacity for the company’s next-generation battery electric vehicles at a second North American plant. The plant will become the production home to vehicles from the company’s next-generation battery electric flexible architecture. Ford also announced it is building its next-generation North American Transit Connect small commercial and passenger van in Mexico, starting in 2021. Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

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Fords View on Electrification Enablers; Looking for Battery Commonization

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During his talk, he suggested that migrating to some battery commonality would be a huge win for the industry simply because it would support a more rapid achievement of the higher production volumes required to bring prices down.

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Ford Leveraging Wireless Technologies for Li-ion Battery Testing

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Ford Motor Company is leveraging the Internet and wireless technology to accelerate testing and refinement of the advanced lithium-ion battery systems that will power its upcoming plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. Engineers collect real-time performance data from batteries in the lab and on vehicles in the field via a secure Internet server, and wirelessly update system software to manage thermal load and maximize power capability, energy capacity and lifecycle durability.

Ford to Invest Additional $450M in Michigan for Hybrid and Plug-in Vehicle Production; Battery System Design and Development to Be In-House Core Competency

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from a large SUV factory to build the all-new Focus starting in 2010 and Focus Electric pure battery electric vehicle in 2011. With the additional investment, Michigan Assembly will be the production site of next-generation hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full battery electric vehicles, all of which will be built off the company’s new global C-car platform. “We —Bill Ford In addition, Ford said it is bringing battery system design and development in-house.

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Ford Selects Compact Power to Supply Li-ion Battery Pack for Ford Focus Electric On Sale in US in 2011

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CPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of LG Chem, as the supplier of lithium-ion battery packs for the 2011 Ford Focus Electric for the US market. CPI/LG Chem are also supplying the battery packs for the Chevrolet Volt. The Focus Electric battery packs will leverage CPI and parent company LG Chem’s expertise in advanced prismatic lithium-ion cells and advanced liquid-cooled modules and battery management systems. Tags: Batteries Electric (Battery

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Ford Insourcing Key Electrification Components; Will Engineer and Assemble Hybrid Battery Packs and Transaxles in Michigan

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Ford engineers in Dearborn, Michigan will design the Li-ion battery packs while engineers in Livonia, Michigan will design and engineer an electric, front-wheel-drive, continuously variable transaxle (the HF35) to supply its next-generation hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles in North America. will assemble the battery packs beginning in 2012, moving work to Michigan that is currently performed in Mexico by a supplier.

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12 natural gas Ford Transit Taxis to enter service in Chicago

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Taxi Medallion Management in Chicago has purchased 12 Ford Transit Connect Taxis running on compressed natural gas (CNG) for its fleet. Since introduced as a production vehicle last year, Transit Connect Taxi is gaining interest from taxi operators around the country. The Transit Connect Taxi package adds comfort for the passenger with a repositioned second-row seat for more legroom, grab handles and a rear ventilation system with passenger controls.

Ford Unveils New Battery-Electric Tourneo Connect at 2009 Geneva Show

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At the Geneva Motor Show, Ford introduced a new concept Ford Tourneo Connect equipped with a conceptual but fully operational Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) powertrain developed in collaboration with Smith Electric Vehicles. In the UK and select European markets, Smith already offers battery electric versions of the Ford Transit medium commercial vehicle to fleet customers, and later this year will introduce a battery electric version of the Ford Transit Connect small commercial.

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President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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President Obama announced 48 new advanced battery and electric drive projects that will receive $2.4 These projects, selected through a highly competitive process by the Department of Energy (DOE), are intended to accelerate the development of US manufacturing capacity for batteries and electric drive components as well as the deployment of electric drive vehicles. Production of manganese oxide cathode / graphite lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Ford adding hybrid F-150 & Mustang, PHEV Transit, new BEV SUV by 2020; $700M for Flat Rock for EV production; cancels $1.6B Mexico plant

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A Transit Custom plug-in hybrid available in 2019 in Europe engineered to help reduce operating costs in even the most congested streets. Many Escape Hybrid taxis are still on the road, moving passengers for more than 350,000 miles each and still using their original batteries.

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Profile: Li-ion Battery and Pack Supplier Valence Technology

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a provider of lithium-ion batteries, modules and packs. Donaghy noted that Valence has shipped some 70 MWh of Li-ion battery capacity since 2005—equivalent to 200,000 batteries, or enough for 1,500 3.5 We believe we are the number one shipper of lithium phosphate batteries in the world right now, ” he said. For reference, a typical lead acid battery can survive 500-800 cycles while 2,800 cycles is almost 8 years of use assuming one cycle a day. by Bill Cooke.

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Ford Starts EV Test Drives

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will start a two-year test program of electric Focus compact cars and Transit vans in Germany on Jan. company prepares to introduce battery-powered models as early as next year. will start a two-year test program of electric Focus compact cars and Transit vans in Germany on Jan. company prepares to introduce battery-powered models as early as next year. The company is already trying out battery-powered vehicles in London, Meier said.

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Ford Extends Global Electric Vehicles Plan to Europe; Five Models to Launch by 2013

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Specifically, Ford will launch two zero-emission full battery-electric vehicles including the Transit Connect Electric light commercial vehicle in 2011 followed by the Ford Focus Electric in 2012. The Ford Transit Connect Electric is a zero-emission, pure electric-powered version of the award-winning Transit Connect light commercial vehicle and goes on sale in North America later this year. Tags: Electric (Battery) Europe Hybrids Plug-ins

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Ford ups its electrified vehicle ante to $11B; 86% trucks and SUVs in the product mix by 2020

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These lower costs—achieved through supply base relationships, using common cell and component design and by manufacturing motors, transmissions and battery packs—with the intention of lowering cost of ownership for customers.

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