The first European customer tests of the new all-electric E-Transit will soon be underway, Ford confirmed.
E-Transit prototype vehicles will join customer fleets to operate in challenging real world conditions with major companies in the supermarket, home delivery, postal and utility industries in Germany, Norway and the UK .
Andrew Mottram, chief engineer for Ford of Europe’s commercial vehicle E-Transit program, says real-world testing is an important step on the way to delivering the all-electric E-Transit.
“They will give us a better understanding of how to help customers in different industries improve their productivity using zero-emission energy,” he says.
Ford’s European customer trials are part of a larger program to develop E-Transit ahead of its launch in spring 2022. From late summer of this year, they were designed to confirm that the van fully electric can comfortably meet the requirements of a wide range. operating scenarios.
Ford engineers will use the test data to help refine E-Transit’s next-level connected vehicle technology and range management features to deliver an optimized operating experience for customers. The prototype vehicles participating in the test were assembled at Ford’s Global Commercial Vehicle Center of Excellence in the UK. They will include E-Transit van and chassis cab variants with conversions including refrigerated bodies, vans, drop sides and interior shelving.
Ford says European E-Transit customers will be offered a generous choice of body, length, roof height and gross vehicle weight options from launch, offering 25 possible variations to suit a wide range of businesses.
The E-Transit cargo area is common to Diesel-powered Transit models for ease of conversion and to allow Transit operators to reuse existing shelving with the all-electric van. An industry-first ProPower on-board system delivers up to 2.3 kW through standard outlets to power conversions and equipment in the cab and cargo area. The expected payload is up to 1,616 kg for vans and 1,967 kg for chassis cab models.
The E-Transit’s all-electric powertrain delivers up to 200 kW of power for a targeted WLTP range of around 350 km, supported by range-enhancing technologies including Eco Mode and Scheduled Preconditioning .
Operators will also benefit from new SYNC 4 technology, including an easy-to-use 12-inch screen and available cloud-connected navigation, enhanced by automatic wireless software updates.
Ford expects the cost of maintenance to be about 40% lower than models equipped with an internal combustion engine, due to lower maintenance expenses. The brand says this is based on a period of three years or 180,000 km.