Oak Park, Michigan – A Toronto initiative that aims to reduce emissions from vehicle fleets will be one of the first recipients of Ford’s electric Transit Connect delivery vans. The Toronto Atmospheric Fund’s FleetWise EV300 Initiative will receive one of the electric delivery vans in late 2010 and eleven more in 2011.

The FleetWise EV300 initiative aims to put at least 300 electric vehicles on the road in the Greater Toronto Area by 2012, helping to prepare the region for full-scale electric mobility.

Participants in the program include the cities of Toronto, Hamilton and Richmond Hill, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Veridian, and the University of Toronto. Additional partners are expected to join and take advantage of a $8,500 Ontario tax credit with the purchase of a Transit Connect Electric.

The Transit Connect is modified by Azure Dynamics with its Force Drive electric powertrain and an advanced lithium-ion battery from Johnson Controls-Saft. The van can achieve a range of up to 130 kilometres on a single charge and has a top speed of 120 km/hr.

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