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 agreement is worth €2.3 million (US$3.4 million) and was concluded with All Green Vehicles in Maasland and Roteb Lease in Rotterdam.
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. Eneco last week announced a tender for 300 commercial vans as part of the large scale tender for electric vehicles by the Urgenda Foundation, together with front runners from the corporate and government sectors. The contract for the 50 Smith Amperes comes on top of this.
At the same time as this purchase, charge spots that supply green electricity will be installed at the Eneco business premises and at the homes of the employees who will be using the electric cars.
Eneco said it selected the Smith Ampere because it is a mature product and is readily available. The Ampere has a range of 160 km (99 miles) and a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). It uses a 21 kWh Lithium-ion phosphate battery pack combined with a 45 kW electric motor. Electricity consumption is 0.13kWh/km.
(A hat-tip to John!)