The customers in the United States and Canada will see an all-electric Ford Transit van in 2021, as 2022MY vehicle. We can all witness the rapid growth of the EV market. On the other hand, the Transit is Ford’s best-selling cargo van. Therefore, the Blue Oval simply puts these facts together and decided to launch an all-electric version of the popular van. Pretty simple, right?
Well, the electric Transit will debut in Europe first. Then, it will come to the home country. According to the Michigan-based automaker, the forthcoming van is built to deliver pure-electric power, and, at the same time reduce the costs and contribute to a cleaner environment.
The company revealed the concept last year in Amsterdam, but we can bearly see anything besides the heavy camo. Well, it looks pretty much like the regular Transit. But, the Blue Oval will probably change a lot until the electric van arrives at the dealerships.
All-Electric Ford Transit Released Photos and Design
Besides the released photos of the all-electric Ford Transit, we had a chance to see the concept of another zero-emission model. The second vehicle is dubbed the Transit All-Electric Smart Energy Concept. Ford will use this model as a testing prototype. The main goal is to further optimize the energy efficiency and driving range of the future EVs.
As for the design, we can’t notice anything significantly different from the regular Transit. Even if there’s is something unique, the camouflage cover almost everything. But, the Transit All-Electric Smart Energy Concept features interesting grille, illuminated Blue Oval logo in blue, and ‘electric’ badges. As for the cabin, the van will offer a massive tabler computer, which will display info like battery charge level, energy consumption, and energy source.
That info will allow the driver to see that the solar is listed as a source as well, thanks to roof-mounted panels. All in all, the all-electric Transit comes with a four-row configuration, and it will be able to accommodate up to 9 passengers. The electric van will deliver 93 miles (150 km) of the driving range, the same as the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter.
The electric Benz is equipped with 55 kWh battery, while we still waiting to find out the Transit’s battery capacity. But, the automaker claims that the electric van charges the battery in four hours. And that’s it, nothing more, nothing less, just that info. The electric van will be offered in a cargo van and chassis cab versions, with three roof heights, and three body lengths.
At the moment, the engine specs of the all-electric Ford Transit are still unknown. As for the equipment, it will include FordPass Connect with a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot. Also, the Transit enables access to Ford Data Services, which includes live map GPS tracking, geofencing, and car diagnostics.
Moreover, the electric van will have a standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, Post-Collision Braking, Forward Collision Warning, auto-high beam highlights, and Lane-Keeping System.
Ford’s Electric Strategy
The Blue Oval announced that the US truck and van sales have increased by 33 percent since 2015. Therefore, the automaker plans to invest more than $11.5 billion in the production of an all-electric truck and van lineup by 2022.
According to the company’s CEO, Mr. Jif Farley “commercial vehicles are a critical component to Ford’s big bet on electrification.” Therefore, the electrification will start with the F-150 and Transit.