Best Buy Orders Ford Transit Connects and E-Series Vans For Geek Squad
Best Buy is ordering more than 1000 fleet vehicles from Ford including 290 Transit Connects and 738 E-Series vans.
The electronics chain says the nearly 300 Transit Connects will be used by the Geek Squad technicians instead of larger vans. Downsizing the fleet should lead to better fuel economy.
A 2010 Ford Transit Connect with a four-speed automatic transmission is rated 22/25 mpg city/highway. Until competitors from Nissan, General Motors, and other automakers enter the American market, Ford has this segment to itself.
Using the Transit Connects led to minor adjustments for some Best Buy employees.
"We're streamlining all of our activities," said Jason Pucely, senior manager, Best Buy Fleet Operations. "We've developed a more effective routing system, and weíre more efficient with the tools and parts we carry when we do our work. That has enabled us to put the same technician doing the same work in a smaller, lighter vehicle."
Pucely even points to the unique shape of the Transit Connect as a business advantage, though we imagine the body style will become more common as more of the vans are sold.
For those jobs that absolutely can't be done with the Transit Connect, Best Buy has purchased 738 E-Series vans with 4.6-liter V-8 engines.
"Home theater equipment is large, and it requires the space of a full-size van," Pucely said. "But our technicians can do the same amount of work using a vehicle with a smaller engine, which is less expensive to run and burns less fuel."
The only option that would burn less fuel is the electric Transit Connect, and we're curious to see whether Best Buy adds any of those to its fleet.