Why go to the Chicago Auto Show? Because it could be renamed the Chicago Truck Show. You can find the latest concept cars and practical rides, but usually there is no shortage of construction trucks and other workhorses.
At this year’s show, held on Feb. 12-21, Ford Motor Co. waved the green flag by introducing its first all-new, all-electric vehicle—and it happens to be a work van. Based on Ford’s urban-delivery platform, the 2011 Transit Connect Electric is targeted at such small-business owners as architects, consulting engineers and subcontractors looking to burn zero fuel and score some serious brownie points among their more eco-conscious clientele.