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The Ford E-Transit is, you guessed it, an all-electric Transit

265bhp, 217 miles of range and a 2.3kW charger for your tools

Published: 12 Nov 2020

It was inevitable wasn’t it? Welcome world, to the all-electric Ford E-Transit, set to go on sale in Spring 2022. 

This is a pretty big deal for Ford. The Transit has been around in its many different forms since 1965, and the E-Transit should ensure that the world’s best-selling cargo van lives on for generations to come. 

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Perhaps the best place to start, though, is with things that haven’t changed from the standard (definitely-not-dead-yet) ICE Transit. For example, there’ll still be a load of different body shapes and styles to suit all of your vanning needs, with a total of 25 possible E-Transit variants. Crikey.

Impressively, the maximum payloads that the different versions of E-Transit can take are also remarkably similar to those of its internal-combustion-engined siblings. The standard van form of the E can carry up to 1,616kg of tat, with stronger chassis cab models upping that to 1,967kg.

The largest enclosed van option also offers 15.1 cubic metres of cargo space, which is exactly the same as the equivalent diesel L4H3 Transit. That’s down to the battery being located underneath the body. 

Aha, the battery – that’s surely our cue to talk drivetrains. Said battery is a 67kWh job which provides a range of 217 miles on the combined WLTP cycle. As an aside, Ford says that’s roughly three times the distance that the average European fleet driver covers on a daily basis. Oh, and there’ll be an eight-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty. 

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The electric motor is a 265bhp, 317lb ft unit which powers the rear wheels, and there’s an Eco Mode that limits top speed and acceleration for an 8-10 per cent improvement in efficiency. 

There’s also AC and DC-fast charging, with DC offering up to 115kW and the ability to top-up the battery from 15 to 80 per cent in around 34 minutes. The onboard 2.3kW power source is a neat touch too – allowing users to charge tools or power equipment at jobsites. 

What else of note? Well, FordPass Connect will come as standard on all E-Transits and will apparently help drivers find and pay for charging, as well as bringing over-the-air updates for the navigation and other systems.

That nav is integrated into the 12-inch central touchscreen, whilst the rest of the interior is recognisably Transit. There’ll also be a whole range of driver assist systems as standard, including pre-collision assist, lane change warning, adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree camera. 

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Blimey, that was a whole lot of info wasn’t it? Not to worry though, because Ford reckons the E-Transit will be super simple and that it’ll deliver a 40 per cent saving in service cost of ownership versus diesel models. Ready to make the switch, van-users?

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