Dearborn, Michigan – Ford has announced that it will deliver a pure battery electric Transit Connect van to Canada and the U.S. in 2010, through a collaboration with Azure Dynamics Corporation.

Azure will integrate its Force Drive battery electric drivetrain in the Transit Connect for commercial fleet and retail use.

“We recognize an increasing interest in electrified vehicles and have an aggressive strategy to bring these vehicles to the marketplace,” said Nancy Gioia, Ford director of global electrification. “Our work with Azure to create a pure electric battery Transit Connect vehicle will allow us to offer our commercial customers an additional option for environmentally-friendly transportation.”

The Transit Connect will be the first of four electrified vehicles that will be available in Canada and the U.S. over the next three years, along with the Ford Focus in 2011, a next-generation hybrid vehicle in 2012, and a plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2012.

The venture builds on an existing business relationship between Ford and Azure Dynamics, which currently produces the Balance Hybrid Electric, built on the Ford E-450 cutaway and strip chassis for the medium-duty commercial vehicle segment.

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