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Ford readies all-electric Transit van for a 2021 European debut

Ford has announced an electric version of its Transit van
Ford has announced an electric version of its Transit van
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Ford says that through a new app-based approach to vehicle management, it can reduce downtime for owners
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Ford says that through a new app-based approach to vehicle management, it can reduce downtime for owners
Ford has announced an electric version of its Transit van
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Ford has announced an electric version of its Transit van
Ford says that through a new app=based approach to vehicle management, it can reduce downtime for owners
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Ford says that through a new app=based approach to vehicle management, it can reduce downtime for owners

Ford's trusty Transit van is getting an all-electric makeover, with the automaker revealing plans for a zero-emissions model at an event in Amsterdam today. The upcoming Transit was announced alongside other upcoming electrified vans from Ford, all hoped to help clear the smog in busy urban centers.

Due to enter production in 2021, details are scarce on the electric Ford Transit for now, but the company says the van will be built to address the "needs of urban operators for a practical and versatile load-carrier with zero-emission driving capability." We also know it will be available in a variety of body styles and the electric powertrain will be built to cover the kind of daily range required by business in city centers.

For those looking to to have a little each way, Ford also provided an update on the plug-in hybrid version of the Transit, first announced back in 2017. Powered by a 13.6-kWh battery pack and its 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine, the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid will cover up to 50 km (31 mi) in electric-only mode or 500 km (310 mi) by combining the two. Ford says it will go on sale in Europe in late 2019.

Ford also introduced its new Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid on Tuesday, an eight-person people mover with rearrangeable seating rows so passengers can either face each other or the road ahead. This, too, is promised to have 50 km of electric-only range, and will be available to European customers in 2019.

Ford says that through a new app=based approach to vehicle management, it can reduce downtime for owners
Ford says that through a new app=based approach to vehicle management, it can reduce downtime for owners

Another interesting tidbit from the event is a new initiative intended to help commercial customers avoid vehicle downtime through a more dynamic approach to maintenance. Rather than servicing at regular intervals, sensors will collect real-time data and allow problems to be tended to before they bring the vehicle to a stop.

Through this app-based management approach, Ford says the aim is to deliver 100 percent uptime for these vehicles and the first stages of the service will launch later in the year.

Source: Ford

3 comments
Howe
Unfortunate that an American founded company, gives America the bird, by not offering it here.
tsvieps
This is a place where an EV van makes sense. Inner city use where the range can be fairly limited, but there a many stops and traffic. No emissions. The hybrid plugin with a 31 mi range would interest me as an all purpose vehicle...the Transit is the right size for a camper too.
Martin Winlow
@ tsvieps - EVs could easily make sense EVERYWHERE! All that's needed is true commitment from both government and Big Auto. However both are so deeply in bed with each other, politically, neither has the will or vision to do what needs doing. If this is the best Ford can do, the company will have gone the way of the dodo within 10 years. Meanwhile, BYD is about to launch a *range* of electric vans (insideevs.com/byd-electric-trucks-van-europe/) into the European market. By the time Ford (or pretty much any other offering from Big Auto) gets to market, BYD will have thoroughly scoffed Ford's lunch.