Ford, along with the Azure Dynamics Corporation, announced that the Norwegian Post will be the first to purchase a fleet of new Ford Transit Connect Electric vans. The Norwegian Post is the largest provider of mail in the country, as well as Norway’s largest employer, and has placed an order for 20 of the electric carries.
The Transit Connect Electric is the first all-electric vehicle to be deployed by Ford in any European market, however, the company has plans to release a new electric model of the Ford Focus and two new hybrid designs before 2013.
Small, all-electric postal carriers are something we’ve covered before, and we’ve reported on larger-size bio-fuel commercial fleets too, but Ford’s new van has some nice features that are somewhere between both, making for what looks to be a practical application tool other companies may desire.
With 28 kWh of power, and equipped with lithium-ion batteries, the van has a range of roughly 80 miles on a full charge. The vehicle has a payload of just over 1,000 pounds, and has a top speed is 75 miles per hour, although it’s unlikely the vans would ever need to use that speed if acting as urban delivery vehicles. The vans are expected to go on-sale to the general public later this summer.