All-new Ford E-Transit Custom electric van unveiled

The fully electric version of the UK’s most popular vehicle will arrive in early 2023, with more details to be released later this year

This is the Ford E-Transit Custom: the new fully electric version of the UK’s best-selling vehicle, and a forthcoming rival to the Vauxhall Vivaro-e, Peugeot e-Expert, Citroen e-Dispatch, Toyota Proace Electric and Fiat E-Scudo in the mid-size electric van class. It’s set to go into production in 2023, with more details to be announced over the coming months.

So far, Ford has only released a limited amount of information along with the photos of the new E-Transit Custom. That includes a target range of 236 miles and the fact that it’ll feature DC rapid charging, likely with the same maximum 115kW speed as the larger E-Transit. For reference, the Stellantis Group vans mentioned above can cover just over 200 miles with a 75kWh battery.

The E-Transit Custom will also have towing capability and be offered with Ford’s ‘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 Ford Pro software from the E-Transit will be carried over, too. Ford describes this as an “end-to-end” service that helps businesses manage their fleets, providing support for charging infrastructure and vehicle maintenance. We expect it’ll also come with the latest Ford SYNC 4 infotainment system and even the 12-inch central touchscreen from the flagship electric van.

Finally, the new E-Transit Custom can be distinguished from its diesel counterparts by a blanked front panel with its hexagonal design topped by a light bar that replaces the regular grille. There are also sharp LED headlights, a charging port integrated into the front bumper and X-shaped tail-lights.

The E-Transit Custom’s power output is under wraps for the time being, but it’s likely to mirror that of the E-Transit, which comes with a choice of either 181 or 265bhp electric motors – both producing 430Nm of torque. Exact payload and cargo volume figures have yet to be announced as well.

The E-Transit Custom debuts hot on the heels of the larger E-Transit, which we got to drive just a few weeks ago. By 2024, Ford plans to have a range of five zero-emissions commercial vehicles, including the E-Transit, E-Transit Custom and compact E-Transit Courier, along with electric versions of the Tourneo Custom and Tourneo Courier people carriers.

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