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. The 2019 Transit Connect Cargo Van offers three different engines—including a diesel—capable of running on five different fuels. Connected vehicles Diesel

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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.

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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.

Canada Post Selects Ford Transit Connect to Replace Fleet

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Through an open and competitive RFP process, Canada Post has selected the Ford Transit Connect to begin replacing its aging national fleet of vehicles and modernize its business. In total this year, 1,175 Ford Transit Connect vans will be purchased—the largest fleet sale of Ford Transit COnnect vehicles in Canada to date. Purpose-built for business owners, the Ford Transit Connect offers a fuel-efficient alternative to full-size commercial vans.

ATT Becomes Lead Customer for Ford Transit Connect Electric Vans

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced that AT&T has agreed to purchase two of the first Ford Transit Connect Electric vans. Azure, which provides and integrates the electric powertrain into the Transit glider provided by Ford, is responsible for the sales of the vehicle—an arrangement similar to that for the production and sales of the Balance hybrid.). AT&T plans to take delivery of the Transit Connect Electric in late 2010.

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.

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. The LOI is not a purchase order, but rather sets in motion a collaborative effort to reach a definitive distribution agreement within the coming weeks to further develop the business in the Nordic Region.

Transit Connect Electric wins huge contract

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The Ford Transit Connect Electric van, a collaboration between Ford and Azure Dynamics Corporation, has won a huge GSA Contract Award that will allow military installations, government agencies and affiliated companies to purchase the all-electric vehicle. Electric cars Ford Green cars Latest news Azure Dynamics electric vans ford transit connect Ford Transit Connect Electric green vans GSA Contract

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. With a 28 kWh battery pack from Johnson Controls-Saft, Transit Connect Electric has a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and a range of up to 130 km (80 miles) on a full charge. Ford and Azure are introducing the Transit Connect Electric in summer 2011.

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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. Under its Electric Transportation Program, NYPA provides funding and arranges for grants from other parties in support of the purchase of clean electric-drive vehicles by interested municipalities and governmental agencies in New York State.

Transit Connect Electric receives GSA contract award; estimated value more than $112M

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Azure Dynamics Corporation announced that the Transit Connect Electric ( earlier post ), the result of a collaborative effort between Azure and Ford Motor Company, has received a GSA Contract Award allowing US government agencies, affiliated companies and military installations to purchase the all-electric van. Transit Connect Electric will be available through GSA beginning this month for immediate ordering.

Norway Post first to purchase Ford Transit Connect Electric

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Technorati Tags: Norway Post,Ford Transit Connect Electric,Ford Transit Electric,Ford,Norwegian Postal Service The Ford Transit Connect Electric has finally arrived in Europe – thanks to the Norwegian Postal Service. Norway Post, which is the biggest employer in the country, has signed a contract to buy 20 of the electric vans with an option to order more [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news

Eneco Purchases 50 Smith Electric Vans

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The Dutch energy company Eneco has signed contracts for the purchase of 50 Smith Ampere electric commercial vans, the electric version of the Ford Transit Connect, to be delivered in 2009 and 2010. The purchase is part of Eneco’s sustainable strategy to replace 500 of its diesel-fueled commercial vans (25% of its total commercial vehicle fleet) with electric versions within the next four years.

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. The purchase is part of the company’s goal of reducing emissions by 25%, said Michael Levine, CEO of Taxi Medallion Management. Since introduced as a production vehicle last year, Transit Connect Taxi is gaining interest from taxi operators around the country.

SimplexGrinnell Orders 200 Fusion Hybrids

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In addition to Fusion Hybrid, SimplexGrinnell also purchased 200 units of Ford Focus, 50 of Taurus, 28 Fusion gas models and a handful of Edge vehicles. Janice Buxton, senior manager of Fleet Services for SimplexGrinnell, says the company also is looking to integrate the Ford Transit Connect into its fleet. ADT Security Services, the world’s largest electronic security provider and also a Tyco company, plans to order 3,000 Transit Connects within the next six months.

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Coulomb Technologies ships more than 2,400 public and commercial charging stations in ChargePoint America Program

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Any purchaser of a program electric vehicle (Chevrolet Volt, Ford Transit Connect, Ford Focus Electric, BMW ActiveE, Nissan LEAF, smart fortwo electric drive or Fisker Karma), whose home is located within one of the ten target regions, may be eligible to receive a home charging station at no cost. Coulomb Technologies has shipped more than 2,400 public and commercial charging stations for electric vehicles through its $37-million ChargePoint America program.

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Pennsylvania invests $7.9M in 21 alt-fuel projects

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Awards include (ranked by amount): PHL Taxi Management LLC —$900,000 – to purchase and deploy 50 new CNG taxis in Philadelphia that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to build a publicly accessible CNG fueling station in the city. 451 Tyburn LLC —$837,400—to build a publicly accessible CNG station in Fairless Hills and deploy heavy-duty CNG shuttle buses for public transit service in region. Pennsylvania recently announced the investment of $7.9

Johnson Controls Makes Strategic Investment in Azure Dynamics

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Both are currently involved in the production of the Ford electric Transit Connect. has subscribed for and agreed to purchase, on a private placement basis, 21,080,000 common shares of Azure at a price of C$0.30 Johnson Controls has made a strategic investment in Azure Dynamics, the result of which will give the company a 3.4% stake in the developer and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial 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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Ford detailed seven of the 13 new global electrified vehicles it plans to introduce in the next five years, including hybrid versions of the iconic F-150 pickup and Mustang in the US, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Transit Custom van in Europe and a fully electric SUV with an expected range of at least 300 miles (483 km) for customers globally. A Transit Custom plug-in hybrid available in 2019 in Europe engineered to help reduce operating costs in even the most congested streets.

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Study finds testing the technology the strongest initial motivation for fleet managers adopting EVs

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The study by William Sierzchula at Delft University of Technology, published in the journal Transportation Research Part D , used fleet manager interviews and pilot project report to investigate 14 US and Dutch organizations that adopted EVs from 2010 to 2013 to determine which factors influenced their purchase decisions. The Netherlands and US were selected as target countries due to their relatively high levels of EV adoption and available press releases about firm EV purchases.

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Partners with Clean Fuels Ohio Program To Target $10M in Federal Funding

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With funding anticipated at 50 percent of the incremental vehicle purchase price, this program is key to making electric vehicles a viable option for fleet operators. Through its US partner, The Tanfield Group Plc, SEV US Corp is also working with Ford Motor Company to electrify the Ford Transit Connect as a battery electric vehicle light-duty van scheduled for production in 2010.

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Ford to offer 2014 F-150 with natural gas option

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In the next year, Ford will offer eight commercial vehicles with a gaseous-prep option: Transit Connect van and wagon. Transit van, wagon, cutaway and chassis cab. AT&T recently purchased 650 F-350 chassis cabs with the CNG-prep option. CNG Ford F-150. Click to enlarge. Ford will offer the 2014 F-150 with the ability to run on compressed natural gas, making Ford the only manufacturer in the US with an available CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup.

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New York City adding 70 electric vehicles to fleet; launches EV educational push

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New York City is adding 70 electric vehicles to its fleet: 50 new Chevrolet Volts, 10 fully electric Ford Transit Connect cargo vans, and 10 new fully electric Navistar E-star utility trucks. The NYPD already uses electric scooters and electric powered golf carts on boardwalks, in parks and some transit hubs. Mayor Bloomberg announces the addition of 70 new electric vehicles. Chevy Volt and Navistar E-star are visible in the background. Click to enlarge.

Coulomb Technologies to Provide 4,600 Free Home and Public Charging Stations Through ChargePoint America Program

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Any purchaser of a program electric vehicle (the Chevrolet Volt; the Ford Transit Connect and Ford Focus Electric; or the smart fortwo electric drive), whose home is located within one of the nine target regions, will be eligible to receive a home charging station at no cost. Individuals apply for the ChargePoint America program at the auto dealer or with the auto company where they purchase the new electric vehicle. Locations for the ChargePoint America program.

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Ford Exec Cites US Energy Policies As Critical Factor in Shaping Future Vehicle Fleet, Calls for Cap-and-Trade Program

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They include a battery-electric Transit Connect commercial van in 2010, a battery-electric Ford Focus passenger car in 201l, and the next-generation hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2012. Cischke also noted the critical link between energy prices and purchase decisions as a driving force in the need to implement a comprehensive national energy policy. Actual and projected greenhouse gas emissions for passenger vehicles by region/country through 2022. Adapted from ICCT.

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New York City Taxi and Limo Commissions selects Nissan NV200 as Taxi of Tomorrow; fully-electric version possible starting in 2017

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In the second category, evaluators reviewed such areas as the proposed vehicles’ safety, ergonomics, average cost to the taxi industry to purchase and total lifecycle costs to operate the vehicle as a taxi, internal air/environmental quality (HVAC), overall ride quality (noise or vibration), the vehicle durability, the design elements, and warranty and service provision, as well as proposers’ plans for stakeholder outreach to help provide input on the final design. Nissan NV200 NYC Taxi.

US DOE progress report says 1M plug-ins by 2015 ambitious but achievable; not likely to be constrained by production capacity

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Ford Transit Connect EV. The cumulative impacts of the various policy initiatives, the experience of the early purchasers of electric-drive vehicles and future oil prices will all play a role in determining future consumer demand.

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Cash for Clunkers Buoys US Auto Sales; Hybrid Sales Up 31.8% for Monthly New Vehicle Share of 3.55%

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The first new 2010 Ford Taurus sedans were delivered at the end of July, as well as the first Transit Connects. Monthly new vehicle market share for hybrids. Click to enlarge. Buoyed by the US government’s CARS (“Cash for Clunkers”) program, US auto sales slowed their decline in the US in July, dropping on 12.1% to 997,824 units, according to summary figures from AutoData. Passenger car sales dropped 10.6% to 554, 527 units, while light truck sales dropped 14.1% to 443, 297 units.

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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400 million in grants to purchase thousands of plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles for test demonstrations in several dozen locations; to deploy them and evaluate their performance; to install electric charging infrastructure; and to provide education and workforce training to support the transition to advanced electric transportation systems. President Obama announced 48 new advanced battery and electric drive projects that will receive $2.4

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Profile: Li-ion Battery and Pack Supplier Valence Technology

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UK Business Secretary Lord Mandelson behind the wheel of the Smith Ampere electric van, based on the Ford Transit Connect. In February of 2009 Smith Electric announced an agreement with Ford Motor Company to provide an electric version of the Ford Transit Connect Van for the North American Market. by Bill Cooke. The olivine structure of one of Valence’s lithium iron magnesium phosphate materials. The view is looking along an axis of the crystal structure.

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