The latest fleet to be equipped with the electric vehicle is that operated by the Toronto Atmospheric Fund under the name FleetWise EV300. The initiative has been named by Ford and its partner in creating the Connect Electric Lead Customer, thanks to the 12 models to be delivered in the next period to six Ontario-based fleet operators.
"Azure is well aligned to the FleetWise goal of building on the existing national Electric Vehicle Technology Road Map for greater EV deployment in Toronto," said Mike Elwood, Azure's vice president of marketing.
"The Transit Connect Electric program will help showcase the true value of electric vehicles as part of a sustainable transportation system and will continue to lead Canada into the future of sustainable transportation technology."
The FleetWise EV300 program, as its name says, plans to put on the roads 300 electric vehicles by 2012. The initiative is open to public and private fleets, local electricity distribution companies and municipal partners.
The Connect electric features an Azure-sourced electric drive train which allows it to achieve a range of 130 km or 80 miles on a full charge. The model will soon be followed by other Ford EVs, the Ford Focus battery electric in 2012, the Ford C-MAX-based Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) in 2013, and an yet undisclosed HEV model to be released in 2013.