Ford E-Transit electric van: spec and release date
A pure-electric version of the Ford Transit, named the E-Transit, has been teased in a short video on social media (below), along with confirmation that it will be revealed in full on 12 November 2020.
The new model 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 wi-fi connection for up to 10 devices, a number of active driver-assistance systems and safety aids, plus a GPS tracker system that'll allow fleet owners to keep track of their vans and implement geofencing technology to determine how the van will operate in certain locations.
Like other large electric vans that have appeared so far, the Transit will primarily be aimed at urban 'last-mile' delivery companies. Key rivals will include the Citroen e-Relay, Mercedes eSprinter, Peugeot e-Boxer, Renault Master Z.E. and Volkswagen e-Crafter. At this early stage, no exact details of 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. The Ford 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 forthcoming Mustang MACH-E in its passenger-car range.