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.

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. Commercial vans generally return to a central location at the end of each driving cycle making for easy overnight recharging.

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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.

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.

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 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. Commercial vans generally return to a central location at the end of each driving cycle making for easy overnight recharging.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. The 2011 Transit Connect Electric will use a Force Drive electric powertrain manufactured and integrated by specialty upfitter Azure Dynamics. Electric Transit Connect. Ford Transit Connect Taxi.

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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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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Ford begins production of 2012 Focus Electric at Michigan Assembly, C-MAX models on deck

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The Focus Electric offers faster charging with 240-volt outlets; the battery can be recharged in just more than three hours using a 240-volt charging station, about half the charging time of the 2012 Nissan Leaf, Ford notes, adding that faster charging with 240 volts also can extend range as drivers can more quickly recharge between stops—up to 30 miles per charge hour.

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Pennsylvania invests $7.9M in 21 alt-fuel projects

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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. Endless Mountains Transit Authority —$750,000—to convert five public transit buses to CNG that will be fueled at a public fueling station built by Dandy Mini Marts in either Towanda or Sayre. Pennsylvania recently announced the investment of $7.9

DOT to award up to $60M for advanced transportation and congestion management projects; V2X, ITS and mobility services

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Systems that provide real time, predicted, and individualized information about travel choices, based on data from sensors (traffic, weather), mobile sources (personal portable devices, connected vehicles), and other information systems (public transportation, shared-use mobility, traffic incident management, construction, parking, congestion pricing/tolls or other costs) to allow travelers and shippers to make informed decisions regarding destinations, when to travel, routes, or modes.

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Smith Electric Vehicles, Altec and PGE Partner on All-Electric Utility Truck

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Full battery recharge requires 6-8 hours. Using proprietary technologies transferred from the Tanfield Group Plc, SEVUS will assemble and manufacture the Transit Connect as a BEV (battery electric vehicle) light-duty van scheduled for production in 2010. Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEVUS) and Altec Industries Inc. have developed an all-electric utility truck with an aerial device.

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

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However, EVs differ from those technologies in that they entail changes in consumer habit (recharging instead of refueling) and a lack of charging infrastructure, raising the level of uncertainty associated with the eco-innovation. The organizations held a wide assortment of electric automobiles including low-speed EVs; larger maintenance and utility vehicles, such as the Ford Transit Connect; and passenger EVs, including the Nissan LEAF, Peugeot iOn, and Toyota Plug-in Prius.

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Ford Teams Up With Microsoft

Revenge of the Electric Car

In the case of electric cars, time-shifting the recharge to late at night is important because recharging effectively a home’s daytime energy usage. When Ford’s first all-electric car, the Ford Focus Electric, ships in 2011, the recharging system will be remotely managed by Microsoft. In the case of electric cars, time-shifting the recharge to late at night is important because recharging effectively a home’s daytime energy usage.

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Ford Testing Intelligent System for Plug-in Vehicle to Grid Communication to Manage Charging

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The new technology, which builds on Ford technologies such as SYNC, SmartGauge with EcoGuide and Ford Work Solutions—allows the vehicle operator to program when to recharge the vehicle, for how long and at what utility rate. The partnership is designed to explore ways to make plug-in hybrids more accessible to consumers, reduce petroleum-related emissions and understand issues related to connectivity between vehicles and the electric grid.

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Ford and Microsoft Partnering on EV Smart Charging

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For the vehicle application, Hohm will help owners determine when and how to most efficiently and affordably recharge battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles. The announcement in New York was more about the partnership between Ford and Microsoft in this area than about the vehicle implementation specifics (which are still pretty sparse publicly), said Ed Pleet, Ford product and business development manager for the Connected Services group.

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Smith Electric Vehicles support London bus fleet

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The Smith Edison is a pure electric version of the Ford Transit van. Its lithium-ion batteries deliver top speed of 50mph, a range of up to 100 miles on a single charge and can be recharged from flat to full in 6-8 hours. Smith is Ford of Europe’s official collaborator for battery electric versions of the Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans.

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Profile: Li-ion Battery and Pack Supplier Valence Technology

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They are usually delivery vehicles working within a neighborhood, and are on the road for 6-8 hour a day and are recharged overnight. 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.

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Ford electric vehicle prototypes plug in to UK Government low carbon fleet

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Ford of Europe’s involvement with the fleet of electric Focus prototypes complements the development work already undertaken to showcase the Ford Tourneo Connect BEV Concept first revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show. The full BEV powertrain showcased in the Tourneo Connect Concept was developed in collaboration with Smith Electric Vehicles, the UK’s leading battery electric specialist converter of commercial vehicles.

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