Ford reveals E-Transit, its electric commercial van
Nov 15 2020
That's a nice EV family portrait (the hero shot in the gallery), with the Mustang Mach-E covering the needs for all-electric sporty crossover driving, the F-150 promising to carry its EV weight in the best-selling charts, and the all-new E-Transit as the battery-version of the "world's best-selling cargo van".
The Ford E-Transit arrives in early 2021, followed by an all-electric Ford F-150 truck for North American customers in mid-2022. Three roof heights, three body lengths, and cargo, cutaway, and chassis cab versions give customers a lot of choice. Ford is targeting 266 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque from its rear-mounted electric motor, which is comparable to the naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 now offered as a base engine, which makes 275 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque; the 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine makes 310 hp and 400 lb-ft. Using electric vehicle-specific data such as kWh consumption, charge speed, distance to empty and more, managers can better understand how they're operating in real-time in order to help optimize running costs and uptime. On a 115-kilowatt DC fast charger, Ford says the E-Transit can replenish up to 45 miles of range in just 15 minutes. In the US, about 90% of those dealers are electric vehicle-certified. While the Blue Oval's first EV-the Mustang Mach-E-is uniquely electric, the novelty of this E-Transit is in just how unchanged it is from the popular gas-powered Transit cargo van.
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 is North America and Europe's commercial truck and van leader, so the transition of fleet vehicles to zero emissions, especially for the fast-growing last-mile delivery segment, is critical to achieve our carbon neutrality goal by 2050", said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. Following these city partnerships Ford will be undertaking extensive customer fleet trials with E-Transit in key European markets, starting next year.
The new van will even allow workers to plug in electrical tools and recharge equipment at worksites, with up to 2.3 kW of mobile power available.
"This makes E-Transit ideal for commercial customers who know their drive routes and often work in urban environments", Ted Cannis, Ford North America general manager of commercial business, said in a statement. A video of the reveal will be available at shareholder.ford.com .
Ford is also offering all E-Transit customers an eight-year, 100,000 mile vehicle warranty. Ford is careful to point out the long-term benefits of e-vans, including an estimated 40 percent drop in maintenance costs over time. 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. That's higher than conventional vans, but it also sits below the prices of those few rival electric vans on the market. These features will be available to E-Transit customers when the vehicle starts launching next fall.