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The E-Transit has a range of 126 miles, starts at less than $45,000, and has lower maintenance costs than gas-powered vans.

COURTESY FORD - The first E-Transit vans are expected to arrive at area dealers towards the end of 2021. 

Ford has introduced the all-electric 2022 E-Transit van, designed to bring the benefits of electric drivetrains to the commercial van market. The E-Transit will deliver an estimated range of 126 miles in the low-roof cargo van variant. Ford states that the E-Transit will have a starting price under $45,000 for U.S. fleet customers. The van comes with an eight-year, 100,000-mile electric vehicle component warranty.

"This makes E-Transit ideal for commercial customers who know their drive routes and often work in urban environments," said Ted Cannis, Ford North America general manager of commercial business. "Affordability is key, and our customers buy only what they need to get the job done. E-Transit provides ample range at a price that makes the transition to electric easy."

Working specs

E-Transit is the first all-electric cargo van from a full-line automaker in North America and offers a choice of eight configurations including three roof heights and three lengths, plus chassis cab and cutaway models. The E-Transit comes with a powerful electric motor targeting 266 horsepower/198 kilowatts of power and 317 lb.-ft. of torque. The company will assemble E-Transit for North American customers at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.

The E-Transit battery is located underneath the vehicle body, providing up to 487.3 cubic feet of cargo space inside the high-roof, extended-wheelbase variant. Ford is targeting a maximum payload of 3,800 pounds for vans, and up to 4,290 pounds for cutaway versions. The E-Transit offers the same interior cargo dimensions and standard mounting points for continued integration with hundreds of upfitters and vehicle modifiers worldwide who provide compatible racks, bins and accessories on the gas-powered Transit van.

COURTESY FORD - New to E-Transit is Ford's SYNC4 connectivity system, which can help fleets manage charging transactions, telematics services and other services.

Variable charging solutions

Ford will offer a variety of charging solutions to fit fleet and driver needs, whether at home, at a place of business, or on the road. The E-Transit comes with access to North America's largest public charging network, providing drivers with seamless public payment capability and providing fleet managers with central account and billing management.

E-Transit will feature both AC and DC fast charging, coming standard with a Ford Mobile Charger that can plug into a normal 120-volt outlet for slow and steady charging or into a 240-volt outlet for faster charging. Those seeking the fastest home charging solution can purchase the Ford Connected Charge Station, which can fully charge an E-Transit in eight hours.

On a 115-plus-kilowatt DC fast charger, the E-Transit cargo van low-roof models can achieve approximately 30 miles of range in 10 minutes and approximately 45 miles of range in 15 minutes. When plugged into a 240-volt outlet, E-Transit cargo van low-roof models achieve approximately 10 miles per charging hour using the Ford Mobile Charger. Employing a Ford Connected Charge Station brings the number up to approximately 15 miles per charging hour.

Business advantages

An electric cargo van offers clear business advantages. Scheduled maintenance costs for the all-electric Transit are estimated to be 40 percent less than the average scheduled maintenance costs for a gas-powered 2020 Transit over eight years/100,000 miles. Reduced maintenance requirements and overnight charging allow companies to improve customer uptime and productivity while dramatically reducing fuel costs.

New to E-Transit is Ford's SYNC4 connectivity system. When paired with an activated standard embedded modem, these connected solutions unlock software subscriptions that help fleets manage charging transactions, telematics services and other services. Additionally, the available Pro Power Onboard enables the E-Transit to function as a mobile generator with up to 2.4 kilowatts of available power to help customers use and recharge job site tools ranging from belt sanders to miter saws

The first E-Transit vans are expected to arrive at area dealers towards the end of 2021.

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