Ford’s new all-electric van is designed to offer the same interior cargo dimensions and standard mounting points as the gas-powered Ford Transit, which means upfitters and modifiers can apply the same treatments to the Ford E-Transit. Customers will have up to 487.3 cubic feet of cargo room on high-roof, extended wheelbase variants
Providing the motivation is an electric motor producing 266 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Juicing the batteries is the option for both AC and DC fast charging. Plugged into a 115-plus-kW DC fast charging station, the Ford E-Transit will collect 30 miles of range in 10 minutes, and 45 miles in 15 minutes.
Range-per-charge is rated at 126 miles for the low-roof cargo van variant. “E-Transit is a smart workhorse for North American cities designed with insight from 30 million miles of customer telematics data to deliver the right amount of range based on fleet needs,” Ford states.
The Ford E-Transit also comes with Pro Power Onboard, which can be used to turn the van into a mobile generator to do things like recharge tools on the worksite.
Inside, there’s a standard 12-inch touchscreen, plus standard Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies. SYNC 4 technology is also standard, providing fleet managers with things like charging transactions, telematics services, and the like.
The Ford E-Transit will be offered in eight unique configurations, including three roof heights and three lengths, as well as both cutaway and chassis cab models. Maximum payload is rated at 3,800 pounds, which bumps up to 4,290 pounds for cutaway models.
The 2022 Ford E-Transit ill launch late in the 2021 calendar year, with pricing start under $45,000.
General Motors has plans for a battery-electric work van of its own, as GM Authority has reported previously. The new GM electric van will be built at the Factory Zero production facility in Michigan, previously known as Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, and will ride on GM’s BEV3 electric vehicle platform, with the automaker’s Ultium lithium-ion battery technology providing the juice.
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