Ford has committed to building the world's first battery electric transit van and making it commercially available in 2010.

As per Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of Global Product Development. “A growing number of our commercial vehicle fleet clients have expressed interest in electrification as a sustainable mobility solution. By leveraging our global team and asset portfolio, we’re able to quickly bring this environmentally friendly, strong ‘silent type’ to market.”

Today the automaker announced they will be working with UK-bases Smith Electric Vehicles as a partner and will build the van aon the Global Transit Connect Platform.

It sis expected that the electric commercial van will have a range of up to 100 miles, and that wokring with Smith will help them to get it to market quickly.

Other electric vehicle plans for Ford:

  • A new battery electric small car in 2011
  • Next-generation hybrid vehicles in 2012
  • Plug-in hybrid versions in 2012

Source (Ford)