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.
FedEx Express and the City of Toronto had previously acquired Azure’s Balance Hybrid Electric drivetrain. The Balance Hybrid Electric has a 60% market share in the medium duty (Class 2c - 5) hybrid commercial truck market in North America, according to Azure.
The Ford Transit Connect Electric utilizes an advanced lithium-ion battery 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. Commercial vans generally return to a central location at the end of each driving cycle making for easy overnight recharging. Use of the vehicles will also reduce fuel and maintenance costs, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.