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

The full-size electric Transit van has had a £5,000 price hike before the first examples have even been delivered

Ford has increased the price of the new E-Transit electric van by £5,005, before the first UK vehicles have been delivered. The Fiat E-Ducato, Mercedes eSprinter and Renault Master E-TECH rival now costs from £47,700 (excluding VAT) – up from £42,695 when prices were first revealed in 2021.

The E-Transit still gets a 68kWh battery, but Ford now claims it’s good for 197 miles of range – one mile more than previously mentioned. All E-Transit models are rear-wheel drive, but buyers get a choice of either a 181 or 266bhp motor. Both produce 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 available in total, including panel-van, double-cab 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.

The E-Transit will be offered in two trim levels: Leader and Trend. Ford claims both versions “offer significantly higher specifications than the equivalent diesel model” with the Leader benefiting from keyless start and heated seats, plus Ford’s Quickclear windscreen.

Both also come with Ford’s latest SYNC 4 software, which includes voice-command and over-the-air (OTA) update support, plus a 12-inch touchscreen display. There's also an on-board modem to help owners manage, monitor and optimise their fleet.

The higher-spec Trend model gets Ford’s ‘Connected Navigation’, plus cruise control, pre-collision assistance with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assistance, plus front and rear parking sensors. 

Buyers also get a lifetime subscription to the FordPass Pro or Ford Telematics Essentials services, as well as 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 braking assistance, which will stop the van if it detects a pedestrian, cyclist or static object in the way when you’re reversing. Exact prices for the E-Transit’s 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.

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 electric 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 seven new pure-electric models due by 2024 – including smaller E-Transit/Tourneo Custom and E-Transit Courier electric vans. A commercial version of Ford's fully electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning, has been unveiled and is on sale in the US, but there are currently no plans to bring this model to the UK.

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