Ford has announced that an all-electric version of its popular Transit van is due to be introduced towards the end of 2021.
The van, which will initially be offered in North American and reportedly European markets, will be ideal for companies striving to meet new sustainability and emissions targets. Replacing conventional diesel or petrol vans with pure electric ones will also help improve urban air quality and reduce noise.
No technical specifications have been announced but Ford has confirmed that chassis cab, cargo van and cutaway chassis options will be offered. Three body lengths and roof heights will be available as well, allowing customers to easily specify a van best suited for their intended usage and operating conditions.
Crucially, the all-electric Transit will be supported by Ford’s extensive electric vehicle-certified dealer network and over 730 commercial vehicle centres. Access to Ford’s extensive North American charging network will also be offered, easing the changeover to electric power.
A range of advanced features will be available, such as Ford Telematics, live GPS tracking and geofencing, allowing fleet operators to easily monitor their vehicles and optimise their usage. These features, in conjunction with the inherent savings of electric power, could significantly reduce the total cost of ownership.
“Commercial vehicles are a critical component to our big bet on electrification,” said Jim Farley, chief operating officer of Ford. “This Ford Transit isn’t just about creating an electric drivetrain – it’s about designing and developing a digital product that propels fleets forward.”
Ford has announced that it will invest more than $11.5 billion ($A17.3 billion) in electrification through to 2022, as more consumers look to adopt electric power and legislation swings further in its favour. The all-electric Transit will form a key part of the company’s electric range, alongside the new Mustang Mach-E and upcoming all-electric Ford F-150.