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Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards 2023: Overall Winner
Our new Van of the Year, the Ford E-Transit, represents a watershed moment for electric vans. With its combination of range, comfort and price, it opens more businesses up to the idea of going gr...
Priced from £44,945 (Excl. VAT) Range 196 miles (WLTP) CO2 emissions 0g/km Load space 15.1m3 Payload 1758kg Power 181-265bhp Torque 317lb ft
Unseating our reigning champion in the electric van market wasn’t easy. Repeating that success in the regular large van category, when faced with combustion-engined rivals as well as other electric vans, was even more of a big ask. And yet the Ford E-Transit has done just that, and given the scale of that achievement, it should be no surprise to see it take our top honour.
With a configuration available to suit most businesses, effortless acceleration that will help you keep pace with the cut and thrust of urban traffic or get up to motorway speeds quickly, a class-leading electric range and the ability to carry bigger payloads than rivals, the E-Transit leads in just about every area. Even better, it’s great to drive, with a smooth ride and confidence-inspiring handling. Driver comfort is top-notch, too, with an infotainment system that’s easy to get along with and lots of spaces to store your odds and ends.
You might imagine that such greatness would come at a price, but you’ll actually pay less for the E-Transit than you would for electric van rivals such as the Mercedes eSprinter and Renault Master E-Tech. And even though it costs more than most combustion-engined large vans to buy outright, the price difference is less than you might think.
Plus, if you can plug it in at home or work regularly, where a full charge can be completed in eight hours and cost significantly less than relying on public chargers, the reduced running costs should quickly tip the balance sheet in your favour.
The Ford E-Transit represents a watershed moment for electric vans. From now on, rather than seeing if one will fit into their operations, fleet managers will need a good reason not to go electric.
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