Technicians for Charter Communications, the United States’ fourth-largest cable operation, will soon be calling a 2015 Ford Transit van their office. Charter recently ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase Transit vans with the standard 3.7-liter Ti-VCT gasoline V6 engine for its technicians. These vehicles are used to transport equipment for installing and servicing Internet, TV and phone customers’ homes across 29 states.
Kevin Koswick, Ford North American Fleet director, Lease and Remarketing Operations:
“Charter Communications’ choice of the low-roof-model Ford Transit allows its installers the ability to maneuver in tight parking spaces and garages, while offering almost 56 inches of cargo height with rear cargo doors that open up to 180 degrees for easy loading and unloading.”
Charter is one of the first large fleets to order the 2015 Transit, which went on sale in June.
Kathy Carrington, Charter SVP of Corporate Services:
“Charter is excited to be adding the Ford 2015 Transit Van to our fleet. The handling, safety features, cargo space and fuel efficiency were all contributing factors to our choice and our technicians will be well equipped to serve our customers with these trucks.”
In the United States, Transit replaces the Ford E-Series, which was America’s best-selling van for 35 years. E-Series was first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline. Transit was introduced in Europe in 1965, and has been the United Kingdom’s best-selling commercial van for 49 years. The vehicle is sold in 118 markets on six continents.
In some configurations, the 2015 Transit offers as much as 75 percent more cargo volume than the largest E-Series, helping customers save in fuel costs and time associated with ahving ot make a second trip. Maximum payload increases more than 600 pounds across the lineup versus comparable E-Series vans.
The all-new Ford Transit was designed with improved handling, steering and ride quaities. A power rack-and-pinion steering setup provides exceptionally communicative steeling feel to the driver. The front suspension consists of subframe-mounted MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar for smoother, flatter cornering, combined with progressive-rate rear leaf springs and heavy-duty gas-charged dampers for “well-controlled” ride quality — regardless of load status.