2022 Ford E-Transit electric van revealed: price, specs and release date
New Ford E-Transit electric van can travel for up to 217 miles between charges...
On sale Spring 2022 | Price from £36,000 (est, excluding VAT)
Britain's most popular van is going electric with the launch of the Ford E-Transit. The new van is fed by a 67kWh battery and can travel for up to 217 miles on a single charge, according to the official WLTP test. Power comes from a single 266bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels.
Charging the E-Transit's battery from 0-100% takes 8.2 hours using a typical home wallbox. Alternatively, a top-up from 15-80% takes just 34 minutes if you use a public rapid charger that's powerful enough to handle the E-Transit's 115kW maximum charging rate. Key rivals for the new electric van include the Volkswagen eCrafter and Renault Master ZE, although neither can match the E-Transit's range. A special Eco Mode, which limits the van's top speed, reduces acceleration and optimises the climate control settings, is said to extend the van's range by as much as 10% if needed.
Ford says the E-Transit can reduce the service cost of ownership for operators by as much as 40% compared with combustion-engined vans, primarily through the need for less maintenance. The E-Transit's battery is protected by an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty. Ford says it will also offer a variety of charging solutions for fleets and drivers purchasing the E-Transit.
Despite its bulky battery, the E-Transit offers the same amount of cargo space as rear-wheel-drive versions of the existing diesel-engined Transit, at 15.1 cubic metres. It can carry up to 1616kg as a van, and up to 1967kg in chassis cab guise. Drivers will be able to choose from 25 different variants of the E-Transit, with gross vehicle mass options of up to 4.25 tonnes.
In what Ford is calling an industry first, the E-Transit can also be used as a mobile power point for tools, providing up to 2.3kW for external equipment.
Inside, drivers will find Ford's Sync4 infotainment system presented on a 12.0in touchscreen. This features wireless updates, so that new features don't have to be unlocked by visiting a dealer. Available driver assistance technology includes a 360deg camera to aid parking, automatic emergency braking, a blindspot monitoring system and adaptive cruise control.
Prices haven't been revealed yet, but we'd expect a significant premium on the existing Transit, which starts from £26,725, excluding VAT.
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