Ford E-Transit electric van: details, specifications and pictures

Customer trials of the new Ford E-Transit will begin soon, ahead of the all-electric van's Spring 2022 launch

Ford E-Transit

Real-world trials of Ford's E-Transit van will begin soon ahead of the all-electric van’s launch in Spring 2022. The prototype E-Transits will be used in the UK, Norway, and Germany, as part of fleets and used for supermarket deliveries, postal services, and parcel delivery, amongst other duties. 

The electric version of the UK's most popular van, the Ford Transit, will be a rival for other large pure-electric vans such as the Citroen e-RelayMercedes eSprinter, Peugeot e-BoxerRenault Master Z.E. and Volkswagen e-Crafter.

These vans aren't aimed at companies that do long-distance haulage but rather 'last-mile' type deliveries in cities. In the Ford, there'll be a 67kWh usable battery capacity for a range of 217 miles – impressive for a large van. If you have a three-phase, 11kW power source at work, the E-Transit can be charged to full in eight hours. It also has 115kW rapid-charging capability, which means it can go from 15 to 80% capacity in just over half an hour from a public charge point.

The E-Transit will use a 265bhp electric motor with a peak torque figure of 430Nm; this will make it one of the most powerful electric van models available and adept at carrying heavy loads. There'll also be different driving modes to choose from. For example, Eco limits top speed and acceleration, as well as the climate control, allowing an estimated 8 to 10% more range.

Load space is just over 15 cubic metres with the Ford in its standard configuration – the same as the rear-wheel-drive diesel Transit. It'll also have a useful maximum payload of 1,616kg, with the chassis cab version increasing that to 1,967kg. There'll be 25 configurations for the E-Transit in Europe, including panel-van, double-cab-in-van and chassis-cab bodies, as well as multiple length and height options, plus a range of gross vehicle mass (GVM) options up to 4.25 tonnes.

Like many electric cars, you can set the heating or air-conditioning to come on and pre-condition the van's cab while charging, which is useful for getting on with the working day more quickly. Inside the cab, there's a 12-inch touchscreen with Ford's latest SYNC 4 software, including voice commands, sat nav and over-the-air updates.

The Ford will also include safety kit such as traffic-sign recognition, an intelligent speed limiter, pre-collision assistance, blind-spot monitoring, lane-changing assistance, a 360-degree camera and adaptive cruise control. There'll even be an on-board modem to help owners manage, monitor and optimise their fleet.

Running-costs savings are assured due to the lower cost of electricity compared to diesel, while Ford estimates the E-Transit will be 40% cheaper to service than its diesel-engined equivalent. Its battery will come with an eight-year/100,000-mile guarantee. The battery can be used to power more than just the van's electric motor: an optional feature called 'Pro Power Onboard' lets the E-Transit be used as a mobile power source, providing up to 2.3kW for operating tools and other equipment.

The E-Transit will join the Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid and Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid in the brand's range of electrified commercial vehicles, along with the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid and forthcoming Mustang Mach-E in its passenger-car range. It'll be built alongside the hybrid Transit Custom at Ford's Otosan Kocaeli factory in Turkey.

Ford has also announced that the next generation of the Transit Custom will also get a fully electric version, while the company's US arm is gearing up to launch an electric version of its iconic F-150 pickup truck.

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