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Ford plans new Transit van and plug-in trucks

Blog Post created by andrewklock Employee on Jan 19, 2012

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While Ford has gotten major points in the EV market with its environmentally-friendly sedans, Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Ford Focus Electric, not enough attention has been paid to the American automaker’s larger vehicles.

The Ford Transit Connect van, which has been sold in Europe for some time, is new to the U.S. market, but it came in with a bang—winning Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in 2010. The Transit van gets great mileage and is much lighter than similar vans, making it more environmentally-friendly to produce, and is also available in an electric model.

In addition, SAE reports that Ford has currently working with Azure Dynamics (its partner in developing the Transit Connect Electric) to develop a plug-in hybrid-electric Super Duty F-450/F-550, one of Ford’s biggest and hardiest trucks. Production of the hybrid models would likely start in 2014.

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