Transit Connect Drivers/Partners Could Use it for Short Hops
Ford says it’s bringing its smart mobility concepts to implementation, citing the example of a new battery-assisted bicycle to be used in tandem with the Transit Connect van.
“Vocational fleets in the not-too-distant future could have an innovative option to help reduce gas burned and time wasted waiting at red lights and searching for parking in urban areas,” the automaker says.
The “MoDe:Pro” battery bike would be used by delivery drivers, repairmen or medical care providers to get to destinations in congested areas and vehicle-restricted areas or during times of traffic congestion: “Instead of driving a Transit Connect van through crowded city streets, fleet drivers could park it and ride the e-bike to their destinations, helping save time and money.
Park Where It’s Easy to Park
“Alternatively, a driver/rider team could work together,” Ford says, “with the driver dropping off one or more riders at a hub to make their deliveries via bike and then meeting up with them at the next stop, eliminating the need to search for parking.”
“The e-bike charges when docked in the vehicle, making it always ready for action, Ford says. As many as three can be stored in a Transit Connect.
“There are so many ways to get around a city, but what is really needed is a way to connect all of these transport options together,” Ford research and advanced engineering VP Ken Washington says in a release. “Being able to seamlessly move between cars, buses, trains and e-bikes and react to changing traffic situations can make a big difference both for commuters and for those delivering goods, services and healthcare.”
The e-bike has a 9-amp-hour battery powering a 200-watt motor for pedal assist.
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Source: Ford with Fleets & Fuels follow-up