Ford Transit Connect Electric to be used for Canadian Mail Delivery
Will the Transit Connect Electric car be able to handle Canada's freezing winter temperatures?
On October 27, Ford announced that it will be delivering one of its latest electric car models, a Ford Transit Connect Electric, to the Canada Post by the end of the year, making the Canada Post the first Canadian recipient of Ford's new electric car. The Canada Post will receive nine more Ford Transit Connect Electrics by the end of the year to use at any of its 6,500 post offices.
The Ford Transit Connect Electric is ideally suited for a job like delivering mail. The electric car, which is powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery by Johnson Controls-Saft, is much cheaper to operate than similar gas-powered cars, does well in stop-and-go traffic, operates briskly on urban and suburban streets, and can shut down to save energy while a mail carrier walks portions of his route. The Ford Transit Connect Electric is also nearly silent and produces no emissions, making it an environmentally-friendly option for mail delivery.
The Ford Transit Connect Electric's 80-mile range should not interfere with its new role as a mail delivery vehicle, but it remains to be seen whether it can withstand Canada's bitterly cold winters. The Canada Post clearly believes that this electric car can.