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2010 Chicago Auto Show: 2011 Ford Transit Connect Electric, Taxi Live Photos

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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.

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  1. This is actually Ford Europe "truck and van" interiour. Easy to clean, hard plastic. If you want to see an interiour that is en par with the rest of the european cars take a close look on the Mondeo.
    From the NPR story I heard, the Tesla Roadster is actually quite a sweet ride. I wouldn’t buy one even if I could afford it, but I’ll probably at least gawk in the window (they’re supposedly opening a Seattle showroom at 425 Westlake which is basically one block from UW SLU).
     
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  2. No need to worry about the weight because there is no ice engine,no tranny and no exhaust.
    They need to put a solar panel on the roof to extend the range by recharging.
     
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  3. They need to put an orange tow truck light on the roof to tell the customers if the taxi is available for service.
     
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  4. Why don't they sell these as delivery trucks?
     
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