What should I be paying?
With the basic e-Transit starting in the mid £40k bracket (short wheelbase, low-roof panel van - they all have the same battery), this is not a ‘cheap’ van in the same way that any electric car never seems to be on the genuinely budget side. But when you consider that the e-Transit is, on first appraisal, faster, more comfortable and capable of more range than its nearest competitors (which tend to start at £60k upwards), it’s a steal.
Then there’s the places where the e-Transit beats a diesel Transit just in terms of usability, driveability and general manners: this is simply a nicer vehicle in which to work, and the electric drivetrain hasn’t compromised interior volume or ability in terms of payload.
Any user will also need to take into account how they run their van - making use of Ford Pro is probably the best option, but working out how to best ally your use with cheap charging (rather than expensive public options) is the way to see your van pay for itself faster. With the reliability that comes with electric drivetrains, servicing that’s cheaper than diesel and fueling many times cheaper than diesel, there’s a lot to be said for e-van life if you can make the sums work.
There’s also a slightly odd loophole in UK licence law that says you can only drive a 3.5-tonne van on a standard UK licence, but because the e-Transit is ‘alternatively fuelled’, you can still drive the 4.25-tonne variant, which might make the difference for someone. Although that loophole might not last long, as electric becomes more the norm than abnormal. After all, you’re not very ‘alternative’ if everyone is doing it.
As far as things like warranties go, there’s a three-year/ 60,000-mile ticket on the Transit itself, with an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on the battery and associated bits. The van stuff is standard warranty, the battery a measure of Ford’s confidence that the power unit is likely to be ultra-reliable; a big corporation wouldn’t be generous if it was expecting a plethora of claims from what could turn out to be very big fleet sales.