Green All Electric Car Makes a Big Sustainable Impact
Posted Feb 11 2010 10:11am
City of Chicago Commissioner, Norma Reyes, stands in the transportation gallery at the Museum of Science and Industry, introducing the idea of a fleet of taxi cabs that could be utilizing compressed natural gas, or all electric, as a positive environmental alternative for the city of Chicago.
Featured this week at the Chicago Auto Show is a
fantastic new sustainable vehicle made by Ford. Built for the small business
owner, the latest Ford Transit Connect is an alternative vehicle which offers
two choices for fuel - either compressed natural gas or electric.
Along with a hundred or so other people, I was invited to attend the pre-show
reveal at the Museum of Science and
Industry's transportation gallery. Surrounded dramatically by hanging full
sized airplanes, a train engine, and The Spirit of America (one of the fastest
land vehicles on earth), the Ford Transit Connect was in good company.
Notable attendees like City of Chicago Commissioner, Norma Reyes, were enthusiastic about the possibilities for both the fuel efficient taxi cabs and all electric fleet vehicles for the future of the City of Chicago.
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Transit Connect Electric is well-suited for commercial fleets that travel
short-range and have a central location for daily recharging. The vehicle, which
will accelerate at a similar rate as the gas-powered Transit Connect and will
have a top speed of 75 mph, has a targeted range of up to 80 miles on a full
Owners will have the option of recharging the Transit Connect Electric with
either a standard 120V outlet or preferably a 240V charge station installed at
the user's base of operations for optimal recharging in six to eight hours. A
transportable cord that works with both types of outlets will be available for
recharging at both kinds of locations.
Ford confirmed the zero-emissions small van will be in fleet
operators' hands later this year. While the original Transit has been well
tested, more than 600,000 Transits have been sold since 2003 to customers in 58
countries on three continents; it is the 2011 version which proves unique in its
ability to reduce carbon emissions.
For me, coming to the Ford Transit reveal was a personal experience. My
husband, Luis Coronado, and I are both small business owners, and the Ford Transit is considered
a fantastic sustainable tool for small businesses. As the CEO of a computer
services company, I felt my husband was the perfect person to bring along to see
the new vehicle and put the Ford Transit to the test.
Indeed, we found the vehicles surprisingly roomy with some amazing options
specifically for the small business owner. For example, the back of the Transit
Connect Electric is decked out with a full range of shelving and storage areas
for a small business owner to take his business on the road. It would be perfect
for a computer services team, a florist, or any number of other businesses that
requirements or require off-site delivery or services. Both the Transit Connect
Electric and the compressed natural gas Transit Connect Taxi offer a lot of
Why go electric with a vehicle like The Transit Connect Electric? It is
expected that these vehicles will offer lower cost of operation, because
recharging with electricity is generally less expensive than refueling with
gasoline. Users may also benefit from much lower maintenance costs over the life
of the vehicle.
Consider the following:
The number of components typical in an internal combustion engine and
transmission are dramatically reduced in an electric vehicle to just a few
moving parts in the electric motor and transaxle, which results in much fewer
parts to wear out or maintain
Electric powertrains operate with solid state electronics, which
have demonstrated low or no maintenance over the life of the product
Electric vehicles have completely sealed cooling systems that do not require
refilling, replacement or flushing
Electric vehicles require no oil changes or tune-ups
There are no belts to wear out or break and no spark plugs or injectors to
clean or adjust
There is no exhaust system to replace and no liquid fuel system to freeze or
The use of regenerative braking reduces wear and tear on brake
In addition to the Transit Connect Electric, Ford plans to bring three more
electrified vehicles to market by 2012 - the Focus Electric in 2011, a plug-in
hybrid electric vehicle in 2012 and a next-generation hybrid in 2012.