The 2013 Ford Transit Connect EV is an all-electric edition of the American car company’s little but very spacious Transit Connect work van. This realible small car was designed by Azure Dynamics Corporation, which an EV specialist company also presently working on a plug-in hybrid edition of Ford’s Super Duty pickups, the Transit Connect EV is above all planned as an urban delivery vehicle.
The 2013 Ford Transit Connect EV is run by a 78 horsepower electric motor with 117 lb-ft of torque accessible from zero revs. In evaluation, the gas-powered Transit Connect can make up to 136 horsepower and 128 lb-ft compared to other competing electric cars. Similar to most pure electric powered vehicles, a single-speed transmission is used; a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is located under its floor in the space usually in use by the gas tank. Remarkably, the 640-lb battery pack does not interrupt with the passenger compartment or reduce the 135 cubic feet of the Transit Connect EV’s interior space.
The Transit Connect EV gives five feet of vertical room that can be outfitted with any number of features like lockable storage drawers, multitiered shelving and flat work surfaces. And with a payload capacity of 1,600 lb, that means the Transit Connect EV isn’t limited only to carrying small and lightweight objects. Two minivan-like sliding side doors make it easy to get people and cargo in and out of the Transit Connect EV. Ford equips the mini mover with large side mirrors and an accessible Reverse Sensing System. Access through the van’s rear is made more convenient via available double doors that swing open a full 255 degrees, permitting them to be folded with the Transit Connect’s side panels.
The 2013 Ford Transit Connect EV’s maximum can range up to 80 miles; this figure will even increase depending on how forceful drivers are with the throttle and how many accessories are draining away the batteries. The Transit Connect EV’s battery pack is rechargeable through a 240-volt or on a regular household 120-volt outlet; its charging time is 6-8 hours with the more powerful outlet, while the 120-volt unit will have a need of probably double that time.
The 2013 Ford Transit Connect EV is built on the similar C-platform that comes with the Focus, the Transit Connect is an enjoyable car to ride with smooth maneuverability. Ford developing its Transit Connect EV to help make this a nice-looking vehicle for businesses purpose in crowded urban and city location. Transit Connect EV runs at 60 mph that will come in a laid-back 12 seconds, though top speed is 75 mph, give or take a little mph when up- and downhill drive.
In the interior, the Transit Connect is operational for EV duty through an instrument panel showing probable range, battery charge level and a drive system coolant temperature gauge. The Transit Connect EV performs its responsibility, as work trucks with minimum effort: with the manual A/C, a tilt and telescoping steering column and a essential radio/single CD sound system. The van can be obtainable with or without a three-passenger second row bench seat.
The safety features of the Ford Transit Connect EV is operational with dual front and side airbags and utilizes AdvanceTrac stability control that features a Roll Stability Control (RSC) system initially designed by the production safety famous Volvo.