Electric van Ford E-Transit comes to dealerships in May

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Electric van Ford E-Transit comes to dealerships in May-electric

One of Ford‘s most traditional series is entering a new era: Customers in Germany can now order the E-Transit, the battery-electric version of the popular van family. The E-Transit is offered in the “Basic” and “Trend” equipment variants. With the market launch in May, the E-Transit will be available as a panel van with a single cab, a panel van with a double cab and as a chassis with a single cab. The E-Transit panel van costs as a single cab from 55.845 Euro net (CA. 66.456 Euro including VAT), which basically in “trend” equipment offered box carriage with double cabin stands from 60.940 Euro net (gross CA. 72.519 euros) ready and the e-transit chassis with single cabin costs from 53.145 Euro net (CA. 63.243 euros gross).

The e-transit is an important part of Ford Pro, the new worldwide sales and service offering of the Group, which focuses on optimizing the productivity of the Ford commercial vehicle customers with modern products and services. Among other things, this means that each e-transit is integrated in “FORDLIVE” and thus into the new productivity offer for operating time optimization of networked Ford commercial vehicles. This free service is designed to reduce service-related downtime and downtime for Ford commercial vehicles equipped with an in-vehicle FordPass Connect modem by managing necessary maintenance and repairs more intelligently and efficiently. For these customers, this means: more avoidable breakdowns, fewer workshop visits and faster repairs – and thus maximizing productivity, according to the manufacturer’s promise.

The new e-transit not only protects the environment, but also offers companies clear economic advantages. Ford estimates that the E-Transit requires 40 percent less maintenance and repairs than comparable diesel models, which is partly due to the lower maintenance requirements of electric motors. This comparison is based on a 3-year period (180.000 kilometers) and refers to scheduled and unscheduled maintenance costs for a battery-electric van compared to a diesel-powered van. In addition, there are considerable savings in energy costs.

68 kWh usable battery capacity

The heart of the E-Transit, which is emission-free when driving, is the battery with a gross capacity of 77 kWh, resulting in a usable capacity of 68 kWh. The electric version of the global bestseller in the light commercial vehicle segment thus achieves a range of up to 317 kilometers in the combined WLTP driving cycle. This is more than sufficient for real everyday work, even if you include changing payloads and route profiles. The e-transit is therefore an ideal commercial vehicle for almost all commercial purposes in trade, service and delivery in the local and regional environment – i.e. especially in urban zero-emission environmental zones and in geofencing areas.

The electric motor coupled to a continuously variable 1-speed automatic transmission is available in two power levels:

  • 135 kW (184 hp), primarily intended for all standard applications, and
  • 198 kW (269 hp), as an alternative especially for heavy-duty purposes and higher payload classes

Both versions develop a torque of 430 Newton meters, which can be called up almost from a standing start. All variants of the E-Transit are driven via the rear wheels. The battery of the E-Transit is located under the cargo area, so that a cargo area volume of up to 15.1 cubic meters could be realized for the panel van versions – this also corresponds to the maximum value of the current Ford Transit panel van diesel with rear-wheel drive. For this purpose, the chassis on the rear axle of the E-Transit in particular has been revised, which also improves steering precision, handling and traction – both when loaded and when driving empty.

25 configuration options

With e-transit, European customers can choose from a total of 25 configuration options based on

  • the versions panel van truck with a single cab (for up to three people), panel van truck with a double cab (for up to six people) and chassis with a single cab (as the basic vehicle for bodies and conversions),
  • two equipment lines (base and trend),
  • three wheelbases: medium wheelbase L2 (3.300 millimeters); long wheelbase L3 (3rd.750 millimeters) and a long wheelbase with an extended L4 frame (also 3rd.750 millimeters),
  • two roof heights: H2 and an H3 high roof for wheelbases L2 and L3 is available on request. In combination with the L4 wheelbase, the high roof is part of the standard equipment.

Overall, the E-Transit (panel van) is available in seven payload classes from 0.7 (350 L4) to 1.6 tons (425 L3) (up to 1.9 tons for the chassis). The maximum permissible total vehicle weight (panel van) is between 3.5 and 4.25 tons.

Fast charging function: to 80 percent in half an hour

Ford offers a variety of charging solutions for e-transit – be it for the home, for the depot or for on the road. The vehicle onboard charger supports 3-phase AC charging (AC, 230 volts, 16 amps) on a wall box with a charging capacity of up to 11 kW and can fully charge the vehicle battery in just over 8 hours. The direct current fast charging function (DC) is particularly powerful, with a charging capacity of up to 115 kW that enables the battery pack to be charged from 15 to 80 percent in around 35 minutes.

Whether at the company location or on the road in everyday work: Ford offers a comprehensive package to support customers with charging processes. On request, a team of Ford Pro specialists will provide hardware and software solutions that companies can use to plan and optimize their loading times.

Another service is Ford Telematics. This allows fleet customers to process payment at public charging stations via Ford’s charging network and reimbursement for employees who charge the e-transit at home. Drivers can also organize on-the-go charging using the Ford Charge Assist app, which is integrated into the e-Transit‘s Ford SYNC 4 system and is available via the 12-inch touchscreen.

Pro Power Onboard and eight year warranty

If desired, the E-Transit can be equipped with an on-board generator that accesses the battery and delivers a maximum of 2.3 kW. This system, called “Pro Power Onboard”, can be used, for example, to cool the freight or on the construction site to operate equipment and tools that would otherwise require their own power unit.

Ford offers a one-year service interval with unlimited kilometers for the E-Transit and a guarantee of eight years or 160.000 kilometers (whichever comes first) for all electrical high-voltage components. There is also a one-year roadside assistance package for electric vehicles, including emergency charging of the vehicle if the battery is dead. The Europe-wide Ford service network with its more than 1,500 e-vehicle-certified dealers and more than 4,500 authorized workshops should have all the necessary service capacities at market launch.

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