Ford Exhibits 2011 Transit Connect Electric at Chicago Auto Show
Transit Connect Electric car will travel 80 miles on single charge
Ford is exhibiting its new electric car, the 2011 Transit Connect Electric, at the Chicago Auto Show starting today. Ford plans on making the electric car, designed to be used by fleet operators, available for purchase by the end of this year.
The Transit Connect Electric car has a top speed of 75 miles per hour, will travel up to 80 miles on a single charge, and can be recharged using 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlets. The electric car will run on Azure's Force Drive battery electric powertrain as well as a lithium ion battery created by Johnson Controls-Saft.
"Transit Connect Electric exemplifies how we are leveraging our relationships as well as our hybrid and advanced powertrain programs to bring energy-efficient technologies from the laboratory to the street," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of global product development.
Ford says that it plans on expanding its electric car offerings and that the next expected electric car release is the Focus Electric in 2011.