While the range might sound downright weak - in comparison, Ford's Mustang Mach-E is designed with a 300-mile battery range - Ford Global Director of Electrification Mark Kaufman said in an interview that Ford designed the vehicle based on real-world data collected from customers about the average fleet route in cities.
Ford's newly announced $US100 million investment is in addition to the $US300 million the company already invested at the Kansas factory for the production of the all-electric F-150. With 13 upfitters located within 30 miles of the Kansas City assembly plant, customers get fast delivery to their chosen upfitter, removing the need for upfitting after delivery and helping them get on the road quickly.
The rear-wheel-drive E-Transit is expected to be rated at 266 hp and 317 lb-ft torque with a targeted cargo capacity of 3,800 pounds for the enclosed models.
Ford says the E-Transit will start "under" $45,000 and that the smallest, low-roof model will have a range of 126 miles per charge.
With the new electric vehicle tools, fleet operators can monitor the performance of individual vans, manage energy usage and gain key insights into their performance, Ford says.
The vehicle's useful battery capacity is 67 kilowatt-hours. Those seeking the fastest home charging solution can purchase the Ford Connected Charge Station, which can fully charge E-Transit in eight hours.
"Ford is North America and Europe's commercial truck and van leader, so the transition of fleet vehicles to zero emissions, especially for the fast-growing last-mile delivery segment, is critical to achieve our carbon neutrality goal by 2050", explains Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. It will also be made for US customers in Kansas City, Missouri. The new entries support Ford's plan to electrify its most popular vehicles, including its commercial vehicles. Ford employs approximately 187,000 people worldwide.
Ford will offer an optional Pro Power Onboard package to let owners plug power tools and electrical equipment in and tap into the big battery for up to 2.4 kW of power. An electric Ford F-150 is scheduled for arrival in mid-2022, and now the company is "increasing production plans by 50 percent versus original plans" based on interest in the pickup, which will be built at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn.
Rounding out the feature changes versus the normal Transit is a slightly revised interior that features a standard 12-inch touchscreen display with Ford's latest SYNC 4 system. Long-wheelbase, high-roof variants will offer more than 487 cubic feet of cargo room, Ford says - identical to the existing variants.
E-Transit also features additional standard Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies created to help fleet customers reduce driver-based insurance claims, including lane-keeping system and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking. The active safety feature set in the E-Transit very closely parallels what you'll find in consumer models, with options including adaptive cruise control with a sign-recognition feature that will automatically adjust the vehicle speed, automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot system, reverse brake assist, and a 360-degree camera system. The all-electric Mustang Mach-E begins arriving later this year, while the all-electric F-150 will be available in dealerships in mid-2022. It says it is committed to reducing Carbon dioxide emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and working with California for stronger vehicle greenhouse gas standards.
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