Although Ford’s Transit Connect Electric was unveiled mere weeks ago, AT&T announced today that it would be the lead customer for the electric van.
“Cleaner, alternative-fuel vehicles are the future of our corporate fleet,” said Jerome Webber, AT&T’s vice-president of fleet operations. “The Transit Connect Electric represents a real breakthrough and will be a strong addition to our range of alternative-fuel vehicles.”
Don’t expect this purchase to replace a significant portion of the communications company’s fleet. Azure Dynamics -- the firm responsible for converting the European vanlet into an EV -- is limiting the first year’s production, and AT&T says it only plans on buying two examples for the time being.
Still, the company will have a chance to fully evaluate the electric Transit Connect next to the 15 gas-powered examples it already owns. Apart from a limited range and the absence of a four-cylinder’s buzz, we doubt most employees will notice a difference. The cargo area is left untouched, granting as much space (and nearly as much payload) as the standard Transit Connect.