Oslo, Norway – Norway’s postal service will be the first European customer to use Ford’s Transit Connect Electric delivery van.

Norwegian Post signed a contract to purchase 20 of the vehicles with an option to order more in the future. It is the largest provider or mail and logistics services and the biggest employer in Norway.

“The Norwegian Post will be an environmental leader in the mail and logistics industry by taking advantage of the latest technology available,” said CEO Dag Mejdell. “In signing a contract for delivery of the new Ford Transit Connect Electric, the Norwegian Post is taking an important step towards its goal of reducing 150,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.”

The Transit Connect Electric uses a driveline produced by Azure Dynamics and has a top speed of 120 km/h, with a range of up to 130 km on a full charge. It was launched in North America in December 2010 and will be introduced to Europe in the summer of 2011, the company’s first all-electric vehicle in Europe.

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