NorCal Vans, in conjunction with the Mobility Alliance, has successfully crash-tested the new 2014 Transit Connect with the Nor-Cal Vans Adaptive Van conversion.
The crash test was conducted by MGA Research in April 2014. The testing facility subjected the vehicle the following tests:
- 30-mph frontal collision
- 5,000-lb wheelchair anchorage test
- 33.5-mph side impact<
- 50-mph offset rear impact collision
- 21,000-lb second row seat pull
Developed by commercial wheelchair van providers in The Mobility Alliance, in conjunction with Ford Motor Company, the Nor-Cal Vans Transit Connect Adaptive Van offers a new ADA compliant rear entry option to the market that is economical and practical. The vehicle features an ADA compliant lowered floor and an innovative new rear-entry ramp. The NCV Transit Connect Adaptive Van seats up to five adults and one wheelchair user and has the ability to quickly adapt to accommodate multiple combinations of people and cargo. When the vehicle is not being used for the transportation of a wheelchair passenger, the ramp conveniently stores flat, creating a trunk-like floor for easy loading of luggage or cargo.
Ford’s redesigned 2014 Transit Connect has already earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's highest possible overall rating. This is due in part to its body structure, which is built with light ultra-high strength Boron steel.
Nor-Cal Vans estimates that the NCV Transit Connect Adaptive Van will be on the road Summer 2014.
Interested in seeing footage of the crash test? See our video here.
NorCal Vans is located in Chico, CA. They specialize in accessible van conversions of Ford products. They are a Ford Pool Account as well as Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM). Their products are available through Ford dealers and approved Mobility Dealers nationwide.