World First As Ford Announces New Battery Electric Light Commercial Vehicle

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) today announced plans to market a pure battery electric-powered light commercial vehicle in North America, based on the all-new Transit Connect global commercial vehicle platform.

"The new Transit Connect light commercial vehicle with battery electric power represents the next logical step in our pursuit of even greater fuel economy and sustainability," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Global Product Development.

Transit Connect with battery electric power is the initial offering in Ford's aggressive new electric vehicle plan to bring pure battery-powered vehicles, hybrids and plug-in hybrids to market. To start, during the next four years, Ford will introduce in North America:

  • Transit Connect battery electric commercial vehicle in 2010
  • A new battery electric small car in 2011
  • Next-generation hybrid vehicles in 2012
  • Plug-in hybrid versions in 2012

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