The marketplace for the next generation of fleet vans is about to get pretty crowded. As you may have seen in one of our recent postings,
upstart automaker Bright Automotive introduced the IDEA, an
all-electric delivery van that promises to get the equivalent of 100
mpg on 50-mile trips.
This announcement came on the heels of Ford’s
announcement back in February, that the auto giant would be producing
an Electric-Powered Commercial Van of their own.
The pure battery electric-powered light commercial vehicle referred to as the Transit Connect
light commercial vehicle with battery electric power is Ford’s response
to a growing number of commercial vehicle fleet clients who are turning
to efficient and cleaner alternatives as they renew their vehicles.
While Bright Automotive’s IDEA won’t be
available until 2013, the Transit Connect with battery electric power
is the first of Ford’s new electric vehicle plan to bring
battery-powered vehicles, hybrids and plug-in hybrids to market.
Ford is working with Smith Electric Vehicles,
a company based in the U.K. that has been converting vehicles to
battery electric power since 1920 and the Transit Connect is already
available in Europe.
As a fleet manager, reduced operation and
maintenance costs over the long haul may just be part of the value of
making the shift to an electric powered vehicle as the government is
introducing federal and regional programs that offer incentives for
companies to electrify their fleets.
We want to know what your plans are.
Do you think your next fleet upgrade will go electric?
Check out the complete article on Ford’s new Transit Connect here.