Ford/Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric News

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By Brad Berman ·
August 04, 2017

Honda Clarity Electric Goes On Sale in California and Oregon

The all-electric version of the 2017 Honda Clarity started arriving in dealerships in the past few weeks. The full-size sedan, which is only available in California and Oregon, leases for $269 a month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The all-electric Clarity can travel 89 miles on a single charge. That puts Honda in the unfortunate position of introducing an EV with a driving range significantly lower than the new generation of electric cars.

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By Alysha Webb ·
August 30, 2012

Demise of Azure Dynamics Casts Doubt on All Electric Retrofitters

Azure Dynamics, the maker of the Ford Transit Connect Electric, is going through its final death throes. While the fate of the Transit Connect EV is uncertain, the failure of yet another commercial vehicle retrofitter raises questions about the viability of the business model in general. There is a place in the EV world for retrofitters, but not for very many.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 28, 2012

Azure Dynamics Files for Bankruptcy Protection in Canada

Canada-based Azure Dynamics, a developer and manufacturer of hybrid and electric vehicle components and commercial vehicles, including the popular Ford Transit Connect electric van, is filing for financial protection under Canada's federal Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.

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By Zach McDonald ·
October 28, 2011

Nissan Brings LEAF Technology to Electric Trucks

Nissan isn't just using its experience with electric vehicle batteries to make consumer cars. At the Tokyo Truck Show this week, Nissan's Light Commercial Vehicles unit is showing off several concepts utilizing the energy storage technology available in the LEAF, including an all-electric truck called the ATLAS e-NT400. Based on the popular ATLAS F24, the zero-emissions e-NT400 concept has a cruising range of 100 kilometers, utilizing a similar powertrain to the one found in the LEAF.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 19, 2011

The Secret to a Great Electric Car? How It Brakes

What's the secret sauce of electric cars? In a speed-obsessed society, you’d expect it to be acceleration—which most EVs have in spades. But actually the thing that distinguishes one electric car from one another is not how quickly it gets going, but the way it stops. In recent weeks, I’ve reached out to engineers from BMW, Ford, Toyota, Honda and Tesla to learn about each company’s approach to regenerative braking—the system that provides the feel or flavor of their electric cars.

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By Jukka Kukkonen ·
May 18, 2011

Minnesota EV Group Hosts Region's First Major Electric Car Expo

On May 6 - 8, my company, PlugInConnect, organized an EV Experience event—not related to GE’s events that share the same name—as part of the 10th Annual Living Green Expo at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds. For the first time in Minnesota, everyone from key decision makers to the general public had an opportunity to see plug-in vehicles, charging infrastructure, and even a functioning solar charging system. The most exciting aspect was the chance to experience test rides in various EVs and plug-in hybrids.

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By Josie Garthwaite ·
January 27, 2011

Wanted: Fair Costs for Electric Car Home Charger Installations

As a new generation of plug-in vehicles rolls off the assembly line, a new cadre of consumers has entered the market for home charging equipment. Federal and state incentives are designed to help offset installation costs, which can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. But some customers and electric vehicle advocates worry that the very programs meant to help lower costs for charger installations in practice have set the stage for price gouging.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 10, 2010

A Tale of Two Electric Vehicles Getting Made

Ford’s announcement this week about the first production versions of the Transit Connect Electric seems, well, a bit sad. The contrast between the Transit Connect Electric and the Chevy Volt is evident from two videos posted to YouTube this week. The contrast between the two shows just how far and fast the EV movement has moved—and the new standard set for all makers of electric cars.

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By John Gartner ·
August 25, 2010

Ford EVs Connect With Portland, GM Swings and Misses

In advance of the launch of the Ford Transit Connect Electric van and other EVs, Ford started a 14-city promotional tour in Portland, Oregon on Monday. Ford will sell limited numbers of Transit Connects later this year and electric Ford Focus' later in 2011.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 24, 2010

How Do You Compare Different Electric Cars? Whine? Top Speed?

Here we are at the dawn of a new age of electric automobiles trying to develop the right conversations about how EVs drive—and the most useful vocabulary to hold those chats. What do you think we should be talking about when comparing the road manners of one plug-in car compared to another? Should "whine" and "top speed" figure into those conversation?

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