Revealed in November 2020, the Ford E-Transit becomes the first-ever all-electric cargo van from a North American carmaker. It is a part of Ford’s USD 11.5 billion global investment in electrification through 2022.
The Ford E-Transit is available in as many as 8 configurations, including three options for the height and three for the length. Plus, there are chassis cab and cutaway models on offer. All the variants of the E-Transit will feature powerful electric motors with an output of at least 266 hp (198 kW).
Although the Ford E-Transit looks almost identical to the ICE-powered counterpart, a few details set the green version apart. For instance, the front-end features blue accents on the upper grille, which in turn holds the charging flap. There’s also an ‘E-Transit’ badge on the rear door, but other than these small updates, the electric van looks exactly like its gasoline-powered counterpart.
Ford E-Transit Interior
Initially, the E-Transit will be available only in a cargo van avatar, which means its cabin will be highly utilitarian will rubberized flooring, plastic door trim, and cloth upholstery for the seats. Compared to the ICE-sibling, the electric version will feature a rotary shift knob instead of the gear lever. Cargo space will remain as plentiful as ever with the extended-wheelbase model with the high roof configuration offering a cargo space of 487 cu ft.
All the variants will feature a 12.0-inch infotainment system instead of the 4.0-inch unit on the regular version. The unit carries SYNC4 OS, and an on-board 4G LTE model will provide a WiFi hotspot. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are expected to be offered as standard features.
Powering the E-Transit is a single electric motor capable of outputting 266 hp (198 kW) of maximum power and 430 Nm of maximum torque. It sends power to the rear wheels. 0-60mph timings are yet to be revealed, but we believe the E-Transit would be a peppy performer thanks to instantaneous torque. Ford has revealed that the suspension system is updated for the electric variant to offer better handling characteristics. The electric motor draws juice from a 67 kWh battery pack that offers a claimed driving range of 126 miles (202.8 km) per Ford’s projection for the U.S. market.
The Ford E-Transit will make its first public appearance in the United Kingdom in Hall no. 5 at the Commercial Vehicle Show, which is to be held between August 31 and September 2. While the official launch of the E-Transit is scheduled in 2022 in the UK market, trials of the two-tonne battery-electric van have commenced in the country. The trials take feedback from supermarket delivery operators and utility providers, which are the targeted consumers of the Ford E-Transit.
Ahead of the Spring 2022 volume sales launch in Europe, Ford has started customer trials of the E-Transit van in a number of real-world situations. A fleet of 10 Transit vans has been put to the test in a variety of services such as postal, grocery delivery, municipal and utilities and last-mile services in the UK, Germany and Norway. The fleet includes a range of derivatives from double-cab-in-van and chassis cab to specialised conversions of the E-Transit. Gross vehicle masses also go from 3.5 tonnes to 4.5 tonnes. The trial partners include DHL Express in the UK, Balfour Beatty, DPD, AWB waste disposal, Norwegian Post, Recover Nordic, Ocado and the City of Cologne municipal fleet.
Ford of Europe says that the E-Transit will have a 200-mile range and come with a wide choice of length, roof height, body, and Gross Vehicle Mass configurations for customers.
Ford E-Transit FAQs
When is the release date of the Ford E-Transit?
Ford opened the E-Transit registration site in May 2021. It comes available in the U.S. later this year.
Which are the core competitors to the E-Transit?
Transit Electric will rival models like the Citroen e-Relay, Peugeot e-Boxer, Renault Master Z.E., and VW e-Crafter.
What is the price of the Ford E-Transit?
Ford targets a starting MSRP of $43,295 for the cutaway and $52,690 for the high-roof extended-wheelbase cargo van in the U.S. market.
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