Ford Transit Connect Taxi enter into production and will arrive in dealerships in 2010 as a 2011 model, adding that the leadership of the Ford Motor Company in the market of taxis in North America.
Making the announcement at the Chicago Auto Show 2010, Ford also said it will introduce the package in preparation machines of all models of Ford Transit Connect – base, and taxis – the conversion allows for the efficient purification of exhaust gases from compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane gas (LPG, or liquid fuel). The CNG and LPG are popular among taxi operators because the low cost of ownership.
A spacious and flexible inside the Transit Connect – 2010 North American Truck of the Year – is perfect for taxi services and conversion to CNG and LPG. Vehicle 135 cubic feet of cargo space is equipped with a compressed gas tank, leaving much room for pedestrians and load capacity.
“In a meeting with taxi operators in the cities of the United States, is the interest in vehicles that run on alternative fuels,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the Americas. “Taxi Ford Transit Connect, combined with a modified engine by Ford for the use of CNG / LPG, designed to meet those needs. This marks a new era of ‘green traffic”. ”
To better serve taxi operators, Ford will provide the specifications necessary for the calibration of CNG or LPG conversion. Properly followed the specifications of Ford, the conversion can be completed without the engine warranty void.
The advantage of alternative fuels
According to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, CNG is cheaper and burns cleaner than gasoline, so that in 30 percent to 40 percent lower emissions of greenhouse gases. Propane also burns cleaner than gasoline.
“Compressed natural gas and propane has more than enough power for the vehicle because they are high energy fuel,” said Rob Stevens, chief engineer of the Transit Connect. “Another advantage of the natural gas is that they provide reduction of global emissions of greenhouse gases compared with gasoline. Furthermore, the operation on CNG or LPG fuel operators to obtain a lower / costs of their fleet operations .
In addition, nearly 87 percent of natural gas used in the United States is produced domestically. There is also a government tax credit incentives for fleet conversion to alternative fuels.
Since October 2009, GNC preparation of packages are available on the E-Series vans with 5.4-liter and 6.8 liters of gas.
An internal conversion ready
Ford Transit Connect Taxi package offers exceptional interior for people and cargo. With an open architecture, providing the space inside the cabin and head very good visibility for passengers. Back of the car has been delayed three inches to maximize passenger comfort. Moreover, with 6.5 inches of ground clearance, passengers step easily through the sliding double doors. Additional vents for climate control have been added for rear seat passengers.
Ford Transit Connect Taxi upfit wiring package features a hole in the roof for signage, vinyl front and rear seats, rear rubber floor, sliding windows on the second row and third row standard Windows – all installed factory. Additional installation and modification technology, such as car roof and partition signaling optional seats upfitters will be handled by local taxi market.
Vehicle load area easily accommodate a compressed natural gas tank directly behind the second row of seats, that still leaves plenty of luggage storage.
Technology in motion
Ford is working with Creative Mobile Technologies, LLC (TMR) to integrate the major payment processing and information technology in the taxi passenger Ford Transit Connect.
And WCL Ford also is developing a strategy for integration potential solutions work Ford, a productivity suite of technologies for business owners to the dashboard with wireless high-speed computer Internet access and navigation. “Ford has shown a significant commitment to support the taxi industry not only with specific products, but also committed to working with technology companies that support the industry,” said Jason Poliner, Chief Operating Officer, WCL. “Ford understands that the taxi business is not just a car but a complete technological solution.”
Evidence of how this technology could work in the future, including the Ford Transit Connect taxi. It also has a 8.4-inch electronic entertainment and navigation screens that show the fare, news, weather, sports scores and contributions. With a touch screen, passengers also can select their choice of programming, monitoring by taxi on the map or scroll through a list of interesting places along the route – including restaurants, museums and shops.
Once at their destination, the screen displays the fare with the option to pay via cash, credit or debit card. Cardholders can blow your card, select a pre-calculated tip recommendations or use the touch screen to enter a tip amount, and complete the transaction directly from their seats.
Construction of a taxi leadership
“Green” taxis are not new to Ford, which has become a leader in the taxi business for decades. Ford was the first manufacturer to introduce gas, electric hybrid-powered taxis in the North American fleets with the launch of the Ford Escape Hybrid in San Francisco and New York in early 2005.
Built on a dedicated commercial vehicle platform and tested to the standard Ford heavy trucks, Ford Transit Connect Taxi – including the petrol version and modified to run on CNG / LPG – designed to meet the exacting demands of taxi service.
With a standard 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission, which is conventionally powered Ford Transit Connect is expected to provide approximately 30 percent improvement in fuel economy in many of today’s traditional taxis.
“Ford Transit Connect has been shown to offer great flexibility for use in the commercial fleet,” said Gerry Koss, marketing Ford’s fleet. “Ford Transit Connect taxi, combined with the capacity of CNG / LPG conversion, further demonstrate its flexibility.”