A closer look at Ford's all-electric Transit van

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This article was originally published by Michael Coates on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines. Ford previewed the upcoming electric version of its best-selling […]
This article was originally published by Michael Coates on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines.

Ford previewed the upcoming electric version of its best-selling Transit van, putting down a marker for the company in the exploding commercial EV market. The 2022 Ford E-Transit, due to arrive in late 2021, will start at about $46,000 and offer 126 miles of range in its most efficient version. It rear-wheel drive electric motor will deliver 266 horsepower (198 kilowatts) and 317 lb.-ft. of torque, power comparable to the current gas and diesel versions.

Same size, no exhaust

Ford president and CEO Jim Farley introduced the van as part of the company's portfolio of electrified commercial and personal-use vehicles, which will be led by the Mustang Mach-E later this year. As was explained later, the single drivetrain approach is geared to hit the "sweet spot" of the market, short-range work that can be down within the E-Transit's range—or augmented by its fast-charging capability. Ford North America general manager of commercial business Ted Cannis said the company's plan was "to play to our strength." One key element of the electric Transit is that its body dimensions are identical to the current internal combustion engine version so upfitters, who finish off virtually all of the vehicles in this segment, won't have to make any adjustments. Ford noted that 13 upfitters had facilities located within 30 miles of the assembly plant.

The crossover between the E-Transit and other Ford electric offerings is clear, too. Ford will be using the came LG Chem cells for the battery packs for the Mach-E and the E-Transit. The all-electric F-150 due in 2022 will take a similar commercial-vehicle focused approach.

Commercial vehicle specs

The E-Transit will be a Class 2 van with a…
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