Ford unveils electric E-Transit van with 217-mile range

Ford is entering the electric van market with the all-new E-Transit. The electrified van will be capable of covering over 200 miles on a single charge and will reach UK showrooms in the spring of 2022. 

The Ford E-Transit will be rear-wheel drive and powered by a 269PS electric motor that draws its power from a 67kWh battery pack, located under the loadspace floor. The van features AC and DC charging ports. A full charge will take 8.2 hours from a home 11kW wallbox, while a 115kW DC fast-charger will boost the battery from 15 to 80 per cent in 32 minutes. 

The E-Transit can be fitted with an optional Pro Power Onboard system, which allows the vehicle to be used as a mobile power source, providing up to 2.3kW for powering tools and recharging equipment.

Ford hasn't released any pricing information on the E-Transit, but it has confirmed that the van will be offered in a choice of 25 different 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.

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Depending on spec, the E-Transit will provide up to 15.1 cubic metres of loadspace, while maximum payloads will peak at 1616kg for the panel van and 1967kg for the chassis cab models.

Inside, the electric van will feature Ford's new Sync4 infotainment system, a 12-inch touchscreen, voice recognition and online navigation. What's more, with over-the-air updates, the van's software will be capable of updating itself.

The battery and high-voltage electric components of the E-Transit will be backed by a new eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty package. Ford claims that the service cost of ownership will be 40 per cent lower compared with the standard diesel Transit.

The E-Transit will go on sale in early 2022 and rival the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter and Volkswagen eCrafter

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