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Ford announces all-electric Transit van for USA

Ford announces all-electric Tr...
This teaser is all that's publicly visible for the Transit EV so far, but Ford is promising it's coming in 2022
This teaser is all that's publicly visible for the Transit EV so far, but Ford is promising it's coming in 2022
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This teaser is all that's publicly visible for the Transit EV so far, but Ford is promising it's coming in 2022
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This teaser is all that's publicly visible for the Transit EV so far, but Ford is promising it's coming in 2022

Ford has announced it will be adding the Transit commercial van to its planned lineup of electric vehicles in the US and Canada. After the Mache-E and the upcoming F-150 EV, the Transit EV will become the next connected EV on Ford dealer lots in a move that's makes Ford’s electrification aims clear.

Americans like to say things like “Go big or go home.” Well, Ford seems to be doing that with its electric vehicle plans. Instead of electrifying the low-hanging fruit of tiny compacts and no-selling models, Ford is instead going to head right to the brisket. The company has already announced a new Mustang in the electric Mach-E crossover, which will retail in the fastest-selling automotive segment outside of pickup trucks: midsize SUVs. Speaking of that highest-selling segment – full-sized trucks – Ford is also going there with its partnership with Rivian and its plans for an electric Ford F-150 pickup.

Now Ford is doubling down and heading into commercial vehicles. The best-selling cargo van in the world is the Ford Transit, and Ford has already announced that the Transit will be available as an EV in Europe. Now the company says it will be offered as an EV for the 2022 model year, which will be shortly after the F-150’s EV debut.

Ford plans to build the Transit EV in the US using largely its own resources. That makes sense as Ford’s previous attempt at a plug-in van, the smaller Transit Connect, was a collaboration with an outside vendor that installed the batteries and drivetrain into existing Ford Transit Connect vans fresh from the factory. The partner company folded, causing Ford to discontinue the venture.

The all-electric Transit van will be a full-sized van with options including the standard cargo van, a cutaway for modification, a chassis cab for full aftermarket customization, along with all three roof height and body length options currently available for the Transit.

Ford has not yet given details on the powertrain, expected range, or pricing for the Transit EV and promises those as development progresses. It will utilizes Ford’s latest Sync system and Ford Telematics for connectivity and a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot for on-the-job device connectivity and vehicle tracking and logistics. Ford has also promised a full suite of active safety and driver assistance options.

Source: Ford

5 comments
Worzel
Ideal for city deliveries, just like the electric milk delivery floats in the 50's, but not good for long distance work, yet!
paul314
It's about time. Especially makes sense for urban business use where you're just not going that far in a day and know where you're going to be at night.
Mark K.
About time. The old guard car companies better start moving faster with this transition to fully electric or they are going to fade away as the upstarts fill the space.
MemoriaTechnica
Funny, just today, I was thinking that Ford needs an all electric transit. There are a growing number of communities and European countries that are banning ICEs in city centers, and that requirement is only going to grow. This will be perfect for many service industries and contractors that require light commercial EVs.
ljaques
Good show, Ford. Keep crankin' 'em out. Plenty of people could use them as-is RIGHT NOW.