Ford has launched its first fully electric commecial vehicle, the E-Transit, which is priced from £47,700 (ex VAT).
The van is available in 25 variants to suit various customer use-cases. It uses a 68kWh battery, providing a range of up to 197 miles (WLTP).
Two trim levels – Leader and Trend – are offered and Ford said all electric variants offer "significantly higher" specifications than the equivalent diesel model.
The base series includes Electronic Air Temperature Control, Keyless Start, heated seats, Quickclear windscreen and heated power mirrors.
E-Transit introduces the SYNC 4 communications and information system to Ford’s commercial vehicle range in Europe, offering twice the computing power of the outgoing system and controlled via a 12-inch wipe-clean, glare-resistant touchscreen.
The Trend series adds Ford Connected Navigation System, which can plan the most efficient route and update drivers on charging, traffic, live parking availability, as well as Intelligent Range to display a more accurate distance-to-empty. It also features parking sensors, collision mitigation system and lane keep assist.
All E-Transits feature a standard FordPass Connect modem, enabling always-on connectivity with the Ford Pro ecosystem and Ford Power-Up software updates to deliver additional features and benefits. Customers also benefit from a lifetime subscription to FordPass Pro or Ford Pro Telematics Essentials and access to the Blue Oval Charging Network for a year. Fleet customers also receive a year of complimentary access to Ford Pro E‑Telematics.
A single electric motor provides 430Nm of torque and a choice of 183PS or 269PS maximum outputs.
Payload is up to 1,758Kg on the panel van model, while double-cab-in-van and chassis cab body styles with multiple lengths and roof heights are offered.
E-Transit also features Ford’s unique ProPower Onboard feature, delivering up to 2.3Kw in the cab and load area to power conversions and equipment while out at work.
Ford will launch seven new electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe by 2024, including an electric version of the Puma crossover.
The blue oval is developing a new range of commercial vehicles in partnership with Volkswagen. The first to lanch will be a VW Caddy-based Ford Transit Connect.