What was supposed to be a niche vehicle appears to be gaining some unexpected momentum. Demand for the battery version of Ford’s Transit Connect van is pushing past initial expectations.
The Transit Connect Electric is a joint venture of Ford and the Canadian Azure Dynamics. The Vancouver-based firm’s lithium-ion-powered driveline gives the compact commercial van a roughly 80 mile range, which the partners are betting hits the sweet spot for delivery services and other urban users.
While that market is modest, so were Ford and Azure’s initial expectations, with first year sales targets of no more than around 700. But early demand suggests that demand could push past that goal.
Azure Dynamics has announced its Norwegian Ford dealership, RøhneSelmer, has ordered an additional 100 all electric Transit Connect Electric vans. Its original March order was for just 58 of the vans, which were sold to a variety of clients, among them Norway Post.