Ford Transit electric van: price, spec and release date
A pure-electric version of the Ford Transit van has been teased for the first time in this simple image, ahead of its 2021 launch. The new van will come in cargo van, cutaway and chassis-cab bodystyles, with the line drawing image above suggesting close similarities with the current Transit 350 model.
Ford has suggested that the new van will offer “uncompromised cargo ability” – this could be construed as confirmation that the batteries will not negatively impact the van’s impressive practicality.
Confirmed features include an on-board 4G wi-fi connection for up to 10 devices, a number of active driver assistance and safety aids, plus a GPS tracker system that'll allow fleet owners to keep track of their vans and implement geofencing tech to determine how the van will operate in certain locations.
At the same event in Amsterdam in the Netherlands – where it unveiled the new Ford Kuga hybrid and a plug-in hybrid Ford Tourneo Custom minibus – Ford confirmed that a fully electric Transit was under development.
Like other large electric vans that have appeared thus far, the Transit will primarily be aimed at urban 'last-mile' delivery companies.
Key rivals will include the like of the Mercedes eSprinter, Nissan e-NV200, Renault Master Z.E. and Volkswagen e-Crafter. At this early stage, no exact details as regards the electric Transit's power output, battery size, charging capabilities or range have been revealed.
Ford has promised only a "practical daily driving range for city-based businesses," which will probably translate to something in the region of 100 miles or less.
In 2019, DrivingElectric spent some time behind the wheel of a prototype plug-in hybrid Transit, which previewed the drivetrain previously announced for the Tourneo Custom.