Ford is looking to its leverage its role as the top seller of cargo vans into to becoming the leader in electric commercial vehicles with the introduction of the new 2022 E-Transit van. And now, Ford has officially revealed the all-electric Transit. "Affordability is key, and our customers buy only what they need to get the job done". (1,946 kg) for cutaway versions, while Ford also promises a targeted power of 266 hp and 317 lb. -ft. of torque no matter the chosen configuration.
Ford says the E-Transit will start "under" $45,000 and that the smallest, low-roof model will have a range of 126 miles per charge.
Remote services like vehicle pre-conditioning - which optimizes cabin temperatures while the electric Transit is plugged in to optimize battery efficiency - are also available, as well as charging reports that enable fleet managers to reimburse drivers who bring their vans home in the evening.
Ford said scheduled maintenance costs for the van are 40% lower over eight years or 100,000 miles than those for a 2020 gas-powered Transit.
With a usable battery capacity of 67kWh, the van has an estimated driving range of up to 217 miles on the combined WLTP cycle, providing enough range to meet daily requirements, but with sufficient additional capacity to account for variations in vehicle load and weather conditions.
The E-Transit aims to further secure Ford's dominance in the cargo van market. The E-Transit has a starting MSRP under $45,000 for US fleet customers and comes with an eight-year, 100,000-mile electric vehicle component warranty.
With new fleet-wide energy monitoring and vehicle management tools from Ford Commercial Solutions, available through easy-to-use app and web-based interfaces, Ford is helping North American commercial fleets and businesses make a seamless transition to electric vehicles. In a presentation of the E-Transit, Ted Cannis, Ford's global director for electrification, emphasized that the electric vans needed to have the same dimensions and mounting points as the gasoline vans, as the majority of them are "upfitted" for specialized purposes.
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The all-electric F-150 pickup truck will arrive in USA dealerships in mid-2022 at the earliest, but Ford has already decided it needs to significantly increase the initial production capacity.
The van's battery is located underneath the vehicle body, providing up to 487.3 cubic feet of cargo space inside the high-roof, extended-wheelbase variant. The active safety feature set in the E-Transit very closely parallels what you'll find in consumer models, with options including adaptive cruise control with a sign-recognition feature that will automatically adjust the vehicle speed, automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot system, reverse brake assist, and a 360-degree camera system. The vehicle also comes standard with a 12-inch touchscreen and Ford's Sync 4 infotainment system with voice and navigation, as well as an option to provide 2.4 kilowatts of power for tools.
The new E-Transit will join the all-electric F-150, which was announced in September, and the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, which begins arriving in dealers' showrooms next month.
This Canadian investment marks the first time ever that an automaker has produced full BEVs in Canada for the North American Market.