Azure Dynamics Corporation has selected Johnson Controls-Saft (JCS) as the battery supplier for Azure’s Force Drive integration on the Ford Transit Connect Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). North American distribution for the battery electric Transit Connect van is targeted to begin in late 2010.
Both Azure and Ford have existing relationships with Johnson Controls-Saft, bringing further synergies to the project. The Transit Connect BEV will use the same battery technology that is currently deployed in the Ford Escape plug-in demonstration fleet. (Earlier post.) Ford also plans to deploy JCS packs in its production PHEVs starting in 2012. (Earlier post.)
The Transit Connect BEV is the first of four electric vehicles to be built on Ford’s global vehicle platform. Utilizing Force Drive with lithium-ion battery packs, the Transit Connect BEV has a targeted range of 80 miles minimum on a full charge. Force Drive components have over 25 million miles of on-the-road experience.
In October, Ford and Smith Electric Vehicles terminated their partnership on the electric Transit Connect, with Ford then announcing it would work with Azure Dynamics on the vehicle. (Earlier post.)