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Intermountain Rural Electric Association
has purchased an electric vehicle, the
Ford Transit Connect Electric Van, which was delivered on July 6,
and is the first Transit Connect to be delivered in
Colorado. The van is fully
electric, meaning it runs on battery power only and has no gas
engine. This vehicle will
be evaluated by IREA as part of the Association’s effort to prepare
for potential customer use of electric vehicles in the near
future. We will publish
information on mileage, charging time, cost of operation and other
performance characteristics as we put the vehicle through its
The Ford Transit Connect has an estimated
range of 70 miles, and its maximum speed is limited to 75 mph, so
it is well suited for local, around-the-town trips. There are several advantages of this
type of electric vehicle: 1) Since it requires no petroleum
products, it can reduce our dependence on foreign oil and produce
no emissions; 2) It can be charged from an ordinary 110V outlet; 3)
It can be charged at night, off-peak, when demand for electricity
(and, thus, its cost, using our time-of-use rate) is
IREA will make the Transit Connect
available to IREA customers for test drives. Interested customers should contact
Tim Graham, 303-688-3100, extension 346.
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