2011 Ford Transit Taxi
The 2011 Ford Transit Connect Electric and alt-fuel Taxi made their appearance at today's 2010 Chicago Auto Show, and we have the latest live photos from the floor. While they look just like the Transit Connect on sale at dealers now, they sport new powertrains that are set to green up commercial fleets and retail utility purchases alike.
The Transit Connect Electric is actually a post-manufacture conversion. After the vehicle is built in Turkey, it's shipped to the U.S. where Ford partner Azure Dynamics strips out the conventional powertrain and replaces it with a 28-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and 138 kilowatt electric motor, plus all the attendant control electronics and charging ports. It can be charged from a standard 110-volt or 220-volt outlet, and takes 6-8 hours to suck down a full load of electrons. Once that's done, it's good to go up to 75 mph and carry up to 1,000 pounds of payload, making it a fully serviceable utility van.
The alt-fuel taxi variant of the Transit Connect will huff natural gas and propane when it hits the market, with both systems done as conversions of the standard Connect.
Check out the full details on both models at GreenCarReports.