Ford e-Transit Custom Review 2024

Ford e-Transit Custom At A Glance


+Great to drive, lively performance, competitive range, incentivised charging

-Only available in higher specs, some harsh trim

Ford has taken an interesting approach with the launch of the new Ford e-Transit Custom, focusing on the needs and requirements of small businesses rather than large fleets – customers that it believes are core to the wholesale adoption of electric vans. So, does that mean it’s the right electric van for you? Read our Ford e-Transit review to find out.

Before getting into the nitty gritty, the first thing to consider is why Ford is bucking the trend played out by rivals such as Stellantis Group, where models such as the Vauxhall Vivaro Electric and Peugeot e-Expert have a very clear fleet focus.

Indeed, as well as with the van itself, the company is hoping to entice small business users with an incentivised connected Ford Pro Home Charger, which it will install, maintain and guarantee with a five-year warranty.

To help reduce energy costs, Ford Pro charging software enables users to schedule charging to maximise the use of off-peak energy tariffs, aimed at users who charge their vans using a domestic supply.

The Ford e-Transit Custom is an appealing proposition and that’s before the more obvious elements are considered, namely its sharp looks, neat cabin and practical design. There are reasons why the diesel Ford Transit Custom is the UK’s best-seller and they’re not all related to fleet contracts. In short, it’s a great van.

Visually, it differs little from the piston-powered version – the only real giveaways being a blanked-off grille, discreet charging port in the bumper and e-Transit badging to the rear.

Unlike the volume versions of the diesel model, which are front-wheel-drive, the Ford e-Transit Custom feeds its power to the rear wheels via an electric motor with a choice of three power outputs – 135 or 217PS in the two volume trims and 285PS in the Ford e-Transit MS-RT reviewed separately. All use the same 64kWh battery pack, offering a maximum of 209 miles of range on the WLTP combined cycle.

Total payload is 1088kg (239kg less than the diesel models) and there is a choice of body options - regular panel van, double-cab with six passenger seats, a Kombi with up to eight seats or a Multicab with a two-seat second row and staggered bulkhead, allowing longer loads on one side.

There are also two wheelbases: standard L1 or extended L2, though at present only one roof height is sold – H1, which is just under two metres tall and will fit in most domestic garages.

There are three trim levels – Trend, Limited and Sport – but no base model, again a reflection of Ford’s focus on smaller business and individual users as opposed to large fleets. The Trend gets a 13-inch touchscreen with Ford’s SYNC 4 software, a rear-view camera, air-con and an onboard power take-off set-up that allows the van to double up as 2.3kW generator for items such as power tools or scene lighting.

Next up is the Limited, with 16-inch alloys and electric heated seats along with surround view cameras. The Sport, meanwhile, gets beefier alloys and some styling tweaks.

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