As the best-selling cargo van in America, the Ford Transit offers dozens of variants designed to support all sorts of businesses. Today Ford announced plans to grow the Transit lineup to include its first fully electric cargo van, the 2022 Ford E-Transit. The electric van will be available in several configurations with features designed to save money and increase productivity — something every business owner loves to hear.
Transitioning to Zero Emissions
“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. “Ford is ready to lead the charge, starting with the all-electric Transit and all-electric F-150 on the way. This is good for the planet and a huge advantage for customers to help lower their operating costs and provide connected fleet management technologies,” Farley added.
The 2022 Ford E-Transit will be powered by single electric motor expected to produce 266 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. With a 67-kwh battery, Ford estimates the E-Transit will travel up to 126 miles on a single charge (for the low-roof variant). “This makes E-Transit ideal for commercial customers who know their drive routes and often work in urban environments,” said Ted Cannis, Ford North America’s general manager of commercial business. “Affordability is key, and our customers buy only what they need to get the job done. E-Transit provides ample range at a price that makes the transition to electric easy. And Ford is just getting started,” Cannis said enthusiastically.
The 2022 Ford E-Transit can be charged from either a typical 120-volt home outlet or a 240-volt Level 2 charger. Ford will offer customers the option to purchase a Ford Connected Charge Station — a device that charges the E-Transit in about 8 hours. With a 115-kw DC fast charger, low-roof E-Transits can recover approximately 30 miles in 10 minutes.
Proper Cargo Van
With the battery located beneath the floor, the E-Transit makes no sacrifices when it comes to cargo space. The high-roof extended-wheelbase E-Transit can handle up to 487.3 cubic feet of cargo. Maximum payload is expected to be 3,800 pounds — or 4,290 pounds for cutaway versions.
Interior cargo dimensions and standard mounting points for the E-Transit are the same as those found in gas-powered versions, meaning that hundreds of upfitters and customization companies will be able to use the same racks, bins and other accessories on the new electric van. According to Ford, the majority of Transit vans sold in the U.S. last year were upfitted.
Pro Power Onboard
For added productivity, Ford will offer the E-Transit with Pro Power Onboard, which provides up to 2.4 kw of power. With this option the cargo van becomes a mobile generator — thus able to run power tools such as belt sanders or circular saws.
Ford will offer the 2022 E-Transit with the latest version of its SYNC4 communications and infotainment technology. Featuring a 12-inch touchscreen with enhanced voice recognition, SYNC4 also offers cloud-based navigation as well as over-the-air updates.
The 2022 Ford E-Transit comes with Ford Co-Pilot360 — a suite of advanced safety features such as automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. A blind-spot information system with blind-spot assist as well as reverse brake assist are also available.
In addition to fuel savings, Ford estimates scheduled maintenance costs for the E-Transit will be about 40 percent less than the equivalent gas-powered Transit over eight years or 100,000 miles. With less downtime for service and no stops needed for fuel, the E-Transit will improve productivity significantly. “More construction, emergency vehicles and utility services choose Ford commercial trucks and vans over any other manufacturer — and we’re committed to helping customers make the transition to zero-emission technology,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product platform operations officer.
Investment in Electrification
Ford has invested $11.5 billion in the electrification of its lineup through 2022. The result of this investment include the E-Transit as well as the Mustang Mach-E which arrives later this year, in addition to the all-electric Ford F-150 pickup truck due to arrive in mid-2022.
Coming Next Year
When it arrives at the end of 2021, the 2022 Ford E-Transit van will be available with a choice of three roof heights and three body lengths in cargo, cutaway and chassis cab versions. Prices start at $45,000 for the base cutaway E-Transit. The E-Transit will be built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.