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Ford reveals fully electric E-Transit with 217-mile range

9Ford E-Transit

Ford has taken the wraps off its fully-electric E-Transit van, which offers a range of 217 miles.

The LCV, which will start arriving with European customers in early 2022, will be available in 25 configurations, with van, double-cab-in-van and chassis cab body styles, multiple length and roof-height options, and a range of gross vehicle mass options up to 4.25 tonnes.

The battery is located underneath the body, providing up to 15.1 cu m of cargo space, the same as a rear-wheel drive diesel transit.

It also targets up to a 1,616kg payload for the van and up to 1,967kg for the chassis cab models.

“Ford is North America and Europe’s commercial vehicle leader, so the transition of fleet vehicles to zero emissions, especially for the fast-growing last-mile delivery segment, is critical to achieve our carbon neutral goal by 2050,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s president and CEO.

“Ford is ready to lead the charge that started with its award-winning Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and EcoBlue Hybrid.

“It’s good for the planet and a huge advantage for customers with lower operating costs and new connected technologies that will help their businesses.”

The E-Transit, which has an electric motor with a peak output of 269PS and 430Nm of torque, features both AC charging and DC fast-charging.

The vehicle’s 11.3kW on-board charger is capable of delivering a 100% charge in 8.2 hours.

Charging with up to 115kW using a high-power DC fast-charger, E-Transit can top-up the battery from 15% to 80% in around 34 minutes.

The electric van will also offer a range of other new technologies, including the optional Pro Power Onboard, which enables customers to use the vehicle as a mobile power source, providing up to 2.3kW for powering tools and equipment.

The standard FordPass Connect modem delivers connectivity aimed at helping fleet operators manage and optimise efficiency, with a range of dedicated electric vehicle services available through the Ford Telematics solution.

E-Transit also features Ford’s Sync 4 communications and entertainment technology, which includes a standard 12-inch touchscreen, while advanced driver assist technologies include traffic sign recognition and intelligent speed assist.

Other safety technologies include pre-collision assist, blind spot information system with lane change warning and aid, and a 360-degree camera with reverse brake assist.

In Europe, the E-Transit will have a one-year, unlimited mileage service offering that sits alongside the eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty package for the battery and high-voltage electric components. 

Following the city partnerships featuring the Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid, Ford will undertake extensive customer fleet trials with E-Transit in key European markets, starting during 2021.

Virtual Fleet & Mobility Live 2020: The virtual fleet expo

Video: Fleet News editor-in-chief Stephen Briers and events director Chris Lester introduce the 2020 virtual event and give a preview of what it will look like.

The annual event was due to take place at the NEC, Birmingham on October 6-7 but as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and after consultation with the visitor advisory board, Fleet News has taken the decision to hold an online event in November instead.

Among the exclusive features at the virtual event will be a special EV & Hybrid Showroom which will bring to life the latest electric models with interactive displays that will enable you to get up close to the UK’s best fleet suppliers.

Visitors and exhibitors will be able to communicate through live chat, participate in live Q&As, ‘visit’ branded booths, and find out about industry-leading technology solutions.

The decision to go virtual was made easier by the fact that around 40% of fleets already have, or expect to shortly have, a company travel ban that would prevent them from attending live events this year, while a similar proportion did not anticipate attending live events until sometime in 2021.

 

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