After 55 years of the Ford Transit and over 10 million units sold throughout the world, Ford have announced an electric version will be available from Spring 2022. We take a look at the Ford E-Transit specification and key features which Ford hopes will make you wait for them before buying an electric large van.
Ford E-Transit Battery and Motor
The Ford E-Transit has a “usable” battery capacity of 67kWh which means the “gross” battery capacity is around 75kWh. According to Ford the cells are manufactured in Poland ( probably the new LG plant in Wroclaw) and then “packed” in Turkey at the Ford Otosan plant in Kocaeli where the Ford Transit is built.
The motor, which is sourced in the USA, has a power rating of 198 kW (269 PS) and 430Nm of torque, which makes this the most powerful Transit to hit European roads.
Ford E-Transit Range
Of course, one of the key questions when considering an electric van is “How far will it go?” or basically ” What’s the range?”. The estimated driving range is 350kms on the WLTP combined cycle which is tested with a minimum of 28% payload and is based on the L2H2 van model. There are three “Eco” modes which can save upto 8-10% in energy usage provided its unladen and you’re happy with the restricted acceleration, a limited top speed and “optimised” climate control.
Ford E-Transit Charging
AC and DC charging is available, the vehicle has a 11.3kW on-board charger capable of delivering a 100% charge up to 8.2 hours based on an AC charger. A 115kW DC rapid charger can take the battery from 15% to 80% in 34 minutes and Ford has setup an agreement with Ionity using their 400 locations.
The warranty is very interesting in that the vehicle comes with a one year unlimited mileage and the battery as well as high-voltage electric components have an eight year 160,000 kms warranty package.
E-Transit Model Line-up
The good news for existing Ford Transit users is that the electric version is virtually available along the whole diesel model line-up, with vans , double cabs and chassis cabs all included, infact there are 25 models in all. All the models are based on the rear wheel drive rather than the front wheel drive but this is probably because they wanted to go up to 4.25 tonne GVW which is easier with the RWD due to its axles plated weights.
The van has the L2,L3 and L4 wheelbases and H2, H3 roof heights taking this up to the 15.1 cubic metres body volume. There are three GVW’s at 3.5 tonne, 3.9 tonne and 4.25 tonne
The double cab van is available only on the L3 wheelbase and H2/H3 roof heights with no 3.5 tonne option.
The chassis cab has L2,L3 and L4 models and all three GVW’s.
E-Transit Pro Power Onboard
E-Transit features an optional Pro Power Onboard system, which enables customers to access a 2.3kW plug in socket allowing for powering tools and equipment.
Ford E-Transit Connectivity
E-Transit will features Ford’s latest generation SYNC 4 communications and entertainment technology which includes a 12-inch touchscreen, plus enhanced voice recognition and available cloud-enhanced navigation.
Ford E-Transit Safety systems
The electric Transit features many of the advanced driver assistance packages of its diesel cousin including Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Speed Assist, which together identify speed restrictions and allow fleet managers to set vehicle speed limits.
There is also Pre-Collision Assist, Blind Spot Information System with Lane Change Warning & Aid and a 360-degree camera with Reverse Brake Assist, as well as Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, available as optional packages.