The eagerly anticipated 2022 Ford E-Transit recently made its North American virtual debut in front of a group of select journalists and customers. “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 that will help their businesses” said Jim Farley, Ford President and CEO. Event speakers also included Ted Cannis, GM, North American Ford Commercial Vehicles and Usha Raghavachari, Lab Director, D-Ford.
The all-new E-Transit is backed by Ford’s network of 1,800-plus global commercial vehicle dealers, including 645 commercial vehicle centres across the U.S and 95 in Canada, of which 90 per cent are electric vehicle certified for smoother sales and service.
The E-Transit offers the same interior cargo dimensions and standard mounting points for continued integration with hundreds of upfitters and vehicle modifiers who provide compatible racks, bins and accessories on the gas-powered Transit. Ford is continuing to provide the same upfit financing support for van customers, including those who purchase or lease.
According to the automaker, scheduled maintenance costs for the E-Transit are estimated to be 40 per cent less than average scheduled maintenance costs for the gas-powered 2020 Transit over eight years/100,000 miles. In addition to lower maintenance costs, fleet customers will benefit from significant fuel savings.
With a usable battery capacity of 67 kilowatt-hours, E-Transit will deliver an estimated range of 200 kilometres in the low-roof cargo van variant. The van features both AC and DC fast charging, coming standard with a Ford Mobile Charger that can plug into a normal 120-volt outlet or into a 250-volt outlet. Those seeking the fastest home charging solution can purchase the Ford Connected Charge Station which can fully charge E-Transit in eight hours.
The van has a starting MSRP under $58,000 for Canada fleet customers which comes with an eight year, 160,000km electric vehicle component warranty. Ford will also offer a variety of charging solutions to fit fleet and driver needs, whether at home, at work or on the road. The E-Transit comes with access to North America’s largest public charging network, providing drivers with easy public payment capability and providing fleet managers with central account and billing management.
Additional features include optional Pro Power Onboard which provides up to 2.4 kilowatts of power for NA customers to transform the vehicle into a mobile generator to power tools and equipment on job sites. A range of electric vehicle services are also available through Ford Commercial Solutions including electric vehicle data enhancements from Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services. Other notable features available on E-Transit include remote services, SYNC 4 communications and entertainment tech and a suite of driver safety tech from Ford Co-Pilot 360.
The electric van is part of Ford’s investment in electrification of over $11.5 billion through 2022. The all-new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E begins arriving later this year, while the all-electric F-150 will start hitting dealerships in mid-2022. The company intends to achieve carbon neutrality globally by 2050.
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