Ford launches fully electric Transit
Car and van manufacturer Ford launches a fully electric version of its Transit LCV, the world’s best-sold van. The vehicle is offered with extensive connectivity possibilities and comes in 25 different versions. The WLTP-range is 350 km.
“Ford is the most important manufacturer of light commercial vehicles in North-America and Europe,” says President and CEO Jim Farley. “A transfer to emission-free fleet vehicles is crucial to meet our targets of being CO2 neutral in 2050. Particularly in the fast-growing segment of the ‘last-mile delivery’ vehicles.”
Ford already proposed environmentally friendly Transit Custom versions like the EcoBlue Hybrid and the Plug-in Hybrid. Now, it’s adding the E-Transit. The company is already building Transits for 55 years now and has been offering commercial vehicles for over 115 years.
The E-Transit will be built for European customers at the Ford plant Otosan Kocaeli (Turkey). The electric and the plug-in hybrid version will be assembled there on a specific, dedicated line. For North-America, the vehicles will come from the plant in Claycomo near Kansas City (USA).
The demand for delivery fans worldwide is still growing, but so are the low-emission or even emission-free zones worldwide. That’s where the E-Transit wants to come in. “The E-Transit is a connected platform that will help our fleet customers to increase their productivity and meet all regulations,” says Hau Thai-Tang, chief product platform operations officer at Ford.
“The value for our customers will increase according to the growing number of connected vehicles that are part of the network.” Ford’s electrification program will cost $11,5 billion and bring the Mustang Mach E passenger car, the E-Transit van, and the electric F-150 pickup truck before 2022.
The Ford engineers wanted the E-Transit to be as versatile as a common diesel version. That’s why the battery is under the floor, and the entire platform has been redesigned and reinforced. In Europe, the E-Transit will offer a load capacity of 1 616 kg for closed vans and 1 967 kg for chassis-cabin versions.
The electromotor delivers 198 kW (269 hp) and a torque of 430 Nm from standstill to the rear wheels. With a useable battery capacity of 67 kW, the range (according to the WLTP test cycle) lies around 350 km, three times more than the average delivery mileage of a van per day.
Different charging solutions are available, at home, at work, or on the road. The E-Transit has an 11,3 kW charger on board so that AC can be used for a charging time of max. 8,2 hours. At a 115 kW DC charger, 80% of the battery capacity can be charged in 34 minutes.
Functional and connected
In Europe, the E-Transit can be equipped with Pro Power Onboard. The E-Transit can then be a mobile power unit delivering up to 2,3 kW of electric power to tools needed on construction sites.
There is also the FordPass Connect modem providing connectivity for customers who want to heighten their (electric) fleet’s efficiency. Included is the latest SYNC 4 communication and entertainment technology. E-Transit is also equipped with different driver aid systems (ADAS) to diminish accident risks and reduce insurance costs.
Already with the plug-in hybrid version of the Transit, Ford has realized partnerships with important European cities. The company will increase this collaboration extensively with the E-Transit as of 2021.