Dearborn, Michigan – Power company Southern California Edison (SCE) has ordered 20 Ford Transit Connect Electric vans. Based on Ford’s gasoline-powered Transit Connect delivery van, the electric version will go into production in late 2010.

SCE will take delivery of its first van at the start of production, and receive the remaining 19 vans in 2011.

The vans are outfitted by electric powertrain manufacturer Azure Dynamics, in cooperation with Ford. The vans use a lithium-ion battery, rechargeable on 120 or 240 volts, that provides a range of up to 80 miles (128 km) on a single charge. Commercial vans generally return to a central location at the end of each driving cycle, making for easy overnight recharging.

SCE’s service territory includes some 430 cities and communities, with a total customer base of 4.9 million residential and business accounts. The electric vans will be deployed in at least 12 California cities, replacing gasoline-powered pickup trucks in the meter services fleet.

SCE was the first utility to join Ford in a unique partnership aimed at accelerating commercialization of electrified transportation, and received the first of the Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid demonstration fleet vehicles in 2007.

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