Oak Park, Michigan – Canada Post will be the first Canadian recipient of an electric Ford Transit Connect delivery van. Azure Dynamics, which converts the Transit Connect to electric power, will deliver one of the first vehicles to Canada Post under a special customer program.
Canada Post will receive the first vehicle by the end of this year, and has committed to the purchase of nine more by the end of 2011.
“Canada Post is the first Canadian company to sign on to this exclusive and innovative program aimed at providing environmental solutions to the commercial delivery market,” said Scott Harrison, CEO of Azure Dynamics. “The transformative technology of the Transit Connect Electric reduces gasoline fuel costs to zero, produces no tailpipe emissions and is virtually silent as it travels through urban and suburban delivery routes. The progressive attitude of companies like Canada Post will contribute to making an important environmental impact.”
The Transit Connect Electric uses an advanced lithium-ion battery and achieves a range of up to 130 kilometres on a single charge. It is rechargeable using either a 120- or 240-volt outlet. Commercial vans generally return to a central location at the end of each driving cycle, making for easy overnight recharging, the company said.