By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Cities
Ford's new Transit Connect has saved ADT Security Services so much on fuel costs that the electronic security firm says it will double its order in the next six months.
It may not be the sexiest vehicle on the street, but the recently-announced Ford Transit Connect is so good at sipping fuel that ADT Security Services says it will double its order in the next six months.
The electronic security firm said on Monday that the doubled order totaling 3,000 Transit Connects will save the company approximately $5.3 million in annual fuel costs -- not to mention reducing carbon emissions, too.
ADT's decision to purchase the Transit Connects came after a five-week pilot program. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company says it will replace almost half of its North American fleet with the eco-friendlier van, which will be driven by technicians who install and service security systems.
"The Transit Connect seems to work well for ADT residential and small business installers and service technicians – especially those in congested, urban areas," said David Wade, ADT Supply Chain and Fleet Group director, in a statement. "It is much easier to maneuver and park than a larger commercial van, and it offers ample cargo-carrying capacity for supplying our residential and small business customers."
ADT says its technicians were reluctant at first to try the Transit Connect, which they thought was too small to carry all their required gear. But by the end of the five-week period, perceptions shifted.
By the numbers:
- Large commercial vans represented 95 percent of ADT's total fleet.
- Those vans cost the company $30 million in annual fuel costs.
- The Transit Connect offers 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
- ADT technicians spend an average of 2,000 miles per month on the road.
- The driver's side cargo door was a favorable perk for the drivers, who said it allowed them to get in and out of the vehicle more quickly.
The move is part of a corporation-wide greening initiative called "Vital World" by ADT's parent company, Tyco International.
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May 2, 2010
What are you guys talking about? Free advertising for Ford? If you were commenting on a dual fuel or diesel Connect your comments might be valid. I own a 2004 Dodge/Mercedes 2500 series Sprinter with a five cylinder diesel engine. It is about twice the volume of the Connect and gets 28 miles per gallon. I think that the Connect is very cute but of no value until we can get it with Diesel. With ADT's fleet buying power they should have insisted on the Diesel.