AT&T Acquires Ford Transit Connect Electric Vans
The Ford Transit Connect Electric will enter the market during the current year, offers a range of up to 80 miles per charge and has a top speed of 75 mph. Its plug-in system will be compatible with standard 240 volt and 120 volt outlets. The vehicle uses a drivetrain developed by Azure Dynamics that draws its energy from a lithium-ion battery pack engineered by Johnson Controls-Saft.
"Cleaner, alternative-fuel vehicles are the future of our corporate fleet, and the Transit Connect Electric represents a real breakthrough and will be a strong addition to our range of alternative-fuel vehicles," said Jerome Webber, vice president of fleet operations at AT&T. It's exactly the kind of vehicle we envisioned when we mapped our long-term vision to invest up to $565 million to deploy more than 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles through 2018." he added.
AT&T’s current vehicle pool totals over 77,000 cars, including 15 gasoline powered Ford Transit Connect vehicles acquired last year.
"Ford Transit Connect was first introduced in the U.S. last year as a new fuel efficient alternative to larger commercial vehicles. Adding the electric option addresses a growing demand from our customers for sustainable vehicles for their fleets," said Gerry Koss, Ford fleet marketing manager. "This Transit Connect Electric represents the first in a family of electrified vehicles, including new hybrids, plug-in hybrids and all battery electric vehicles, which Ford will deliver over the next three years," Koss added.