Force Drive powertrain in Transit Connect Electric

In his latest episode of the plug-in-centric show Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn takes the Ford Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric for a spin.

Here's a rundown of the Transit Connect Electric's vitals: In the U.S., the electrified van stickers at $57,400, but it qualifies for the $7,500 federal tax incentive, so customers get a van that emits zero and costs little to "refuel" for $49,900. Azure Dynamics' Force Drive system, which includes a 55-kW (75-horsepower) electric motor, propels the Connect to a top speed of 75 miles per hour and its Johnson Controls-Saft 28-kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides up to 80 miles of range.

Llewellyn describes the Transit Connect Electric as the ultimate urban delivery van that could easily replace the thousands (millions?) of diesel- and gasoline-fueled vans used in major cities across the globe. It's "smooth, fast, quite, clean and comfy," according to Llewellyn. What more could you ask for in a compact van?

What's the electrified Transit Connect like to drive? You can find out for yourself with seven-plus minutes of may-the-Force-Drive-be-with-you action waiting after the jump.