First Transit Connect Electric Dealership Opens in Europe

In the last days of March, the Norwegian Post became the first customer in Europe to buy the Ford Transit Connect Electric, after ordering 20 of the vehicles that use the Azure electric drive train. The interest stirred by that announcement, as well as the prospects offered by the European market made Ford's partner in the development of the Connect electric announce the opening of the first dedicated sales and service center for the model.

Azure said today that the honor of being the first such center in Europe goes to RohneSelmer Company AS in Oslo, Norway. RohneSelmer, the company that facilitated the sale of the 20 units to the Norwegian Post, already placed an order for 38 units of the electric van.

"We are very pleased to have a European dealership of RohneSelmer prominence join our global network of Transit Connect Electric dealerships in support of the June European production launch,"
said Scott Harrison, Azure CEO.

"Since opening our European office last month, interest from European commercial and private fleet operators continues to grow and selling 58 Transit Connect Electric vans in such a short period of time validates this interest.”

The electric version of the Transit, based on the long wheelbase Connect, is powered by a system called Force Drive. It comprises a battery electric drive train which is capable of giving the vehicle a range of 130 km or 80 miles on a full charge. The top speed of the vehicle is rated at 120 km/h (75 mph).

For the European market, the ForceDrive will be fitted into the empty bodies of the Transit in the UK, by Lotus Lightweight Structures.
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