New 2022 Ford E-Transit electric van: details, specification and prices

The electric Transit van comes equipped with a 68kWh battery for a range of 196 miles; prices start from £42,695 (excluding VAT) with order books opening in October

Ford has announced the new E-Transit will start from £42,695, excluding VAT. Order books for the new rival to the Fiat E-Ducato, Mercedes eSprinter and Renault Master E-TECH will open in October 2021, ahead of its arrival in Spring 2022.

Thanks to its 68kWh battery, the E-Transit can cover up to 196 miles on a single charge according to Ford – one of the longest ranges in the class. The E-Transit is rear-wheel-drive only, with a choice of power outputs for customers – 181bhp or 265bhp – with both versions producing 430Nm of torque. 

The maximum payload weight for the regular panel van version of the E-Transit is up to 1,758kg. But, there'll be 25 configurations for the E-Transit available in total, 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.

If you have a three-phase, 11kW power source at work, the E-Transit can be charged to full in eight hours. However, it also features 115kW rapid-charging capability, which means it can go from 15 to 80% capacity in just over half an hour from a fast enough ultra-rapid public charge point.

E-Transit will be offered in two trim levels: Base and Trend. Base models come equipped with Ford’s latest SYNC 4 software, which includes voice commands, sat nav and over-the-air updates, plus a 12-inch touchscreen display, keyless start and heated seats. There's also an on-board modem to help owners manage, monitor and optimise their fleet.

Higher spec Trend models get Ford’s Connected Navigation System, Cruise Control, Pre‑Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-Keeping Aid, and front and rear parking distance sensors. 

Buyers also get a lifetime subscription to FordPass Pro or Ford Telematics Essentials services, access to the FordPass charging network for a year, and a one-year subscription to Ford Telematics for fleet customers.

The E-Transit is also available with what Ford calls a ‘ProPower Onboard’ panel, which delivers up to 2.3kW from standard plug sockets in the cab and load area, to power tools, lights, laptops and conversions such as refrigeration units. The E-Transit is also available with a 360-degree camera and Reverse Brake Assist which can stop the van if it detects a pedestrian, cyclist or static objects in the way when you’re reversing. Exact prices for the E-Transit optional equipment have yet to be announced, however. 

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.

Fleet trials of the E-Transit began earlier this month, with multiple versions of the electric van being put through their paces as vehicles for supermarket deliveries, postal services, and parcel delivery, among other duties, in the UK, Norway, and Germany.

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 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. A commercial version of Ford's all-electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning, has also been unveiled, however, there are no indications either the commercial or regular F-150 Lighting will be making their way to British shores anytime soon.

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