Ford E-Transit to be available in as many as 8 configurations

Revealed in November 2020, the Ford E-Transit becomes the first-ever all-electric cargo van from a North American carmaker. It is a part of Ford’s USD 11.5 billion global investment in electrification through 2022.

The Ford E-Transit is available in as many as 8 configurations, including three options for the height and three for the length. Plus, there are chassis cab and cutaway models on offer. All the variants of the E-Transit will feature powerful electric motors with an output of at least 266 hp (198 kW).  

Design

Although the Ford E-Transit looks almost identical to ICE-powered counterpart, there are a few details that set the green version apart. For instance, the front-end features blue accents on the upper grille, which in turn holds the charging flap. There’s also an ‘E-Transit’ badge on the rear door, but other than these small updates, the electric van looks exactly like its gasoline-powered counterpart. 

Ford Transit Electric
The E-Transit will be initially available as an electric cargo van but a passenger version is expected to be rolled out in future. Image courtesy: Ford.

Ford E-Transit Interior

Initially, the E-Transit will be available only in a cargo van avatar, which means its cabin will be highly utilitarian will rubberized flooring, plastic door trim and a cloth upholstery for the seats. Compared to the ICE-sibling, the electric version will feature a rotary shift knob instead of the gear lever. Cargo space will remain as plentiful as ever with the extended-wheelbase model with the high roof configuration offering a cargo space of 487 cu ft.

All the variants will feature a 12.0-inch infotainment system instead of the 4.0-inch unit on the regular version. The unit carries SYNC4 OS and an on-board 4G LTE model will provide a WiFi hotspot. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are expected to be offered as standard features.  

Specifications

Ford E-Transit range
While no performance or motor efficiency numbers have been revealed yet, Ford claims that the E-Transit will be the most powerful electric cargo van in Europe. Image courtesy: Ford.

Powering the E-Transit is a single electric motor capable of outputting 266 hp (198 kW) of maximum power and 430 Nm of maximum torque. It sends power to the rear wheels. 0-60mph timings are yet to be revealed but thanks to instantaneous torque, we believe the E-Transit would be a peppy performer. Ford has, however, revealed that the suspension system has been updated for the electric variant, to offer better handling characteristics. The electric motor draws juice from a 67 kWh battery pack that offers a claimed driving range of 126 miles (202.8 km) as per Ford’s projection.  

Ford E-Transit FAQs

When is the release date of Ford E-Transit?

The E-Transit registration site was opened in May 2021. It comes available in the U.S. later this year.

Which are the core competitors to the E-Transit?

The Transit Electric will be a rival to models like the Citroen e-Relay, Peugeot e-Boxer, Renault Master Z.E. and VW e-Crafter.

What is the price of Ford E-Transit?

Ford is targeting a starting MSRP of $43,295 for the cutaway and $52,690 for the high-roof extended-wheelbase cargo van.

Featured Image: Ford