Ford launches practice tests for electrical transit

Ford launches practice tests for electrical transit-transit

In late summer 2021, the first European practice tests should begin with the new Ford e-transit. That communicated the carmaker. For this purpose, prototypes of the fully electrical version of the Ford Transit are integrated under real conditions in commercial fleets. These vehicles in the payload area of two tons are used in the fields of food delivery, parcel delivery and for utilities.

The announced field trials will take place in Germany, Norway, Great Britain and North America, says. They are part of a comprehensive development program in the run-up to the market launch, which is for the spring 2022. Ford engineers would mainly use the data obtained from the tests to optimize crosslinking technology and range management of e-transit. The prototypes were manufactured in the global Ford commercial vehicle center in southern Globe Dunton.

The fully electric powertrain of the e-transit mobilized according to enterprises a capacity of 269 hp and develops a torque of 430 nm. Its usable battery capacity of 67 kWh (400 volts) helps the vehicle to an estimated range of up to 350 kilometers (WLTP). Ford assumes that the operating costs will be around 40 percent lower compared to similarly equipped transit models with internal combustion engine, which is due to lower maintenance costs, among other things,.

For the field trials, different body variants of the e-transit would be used, it is called. Including the classic box carriage as well as chassis with suitcase and cooling structures. Customers later had the selection from a variety of configuration options – based on three wheels and two roof heights as well as single and double cabin. The targeted payload is up to 1.6 tons at the box carriage models, at the chassis up to 1, 9 tons.

On request, the e-transit can be equipped with an on-board generator that accesses the battery and performs a maximum of 2.3 kW. This system called “Pro Power Onboard” – according to Ford in Europe, a novelty in this industry segment – for example, can be used for the freight cooling or on the construction site for the operation of devices and tools, for which otherwise its own electricity Aggregate would be required.

The e-transit is the first European commercial vehicle from Ford, for which the new, fourth generation of the Ford Sync voice-controlled communication and entertainment system is available, which is linked to a 12-inch touchscreen and over improved speech recognition and cloud navigation has. In addition there are over-the-air (OTA) updates that update the navigation system and other functions continuously.

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3 thoughts on “Ford launches practice tests for electrical transit”

  1. From the article:
    “Upon request, the e-transit can be equipped with an on-board generator accessing the battery and performing a maximum of 2.3 kW.”

    I suspect that the author is one 230 V generator says … Gell?!

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  2. I do not know why Ford here so hesitant Improve, that does not look like conviction.

    But you have to be glad that Ford continues on the E-Way – hopefully you save the hydrogen crowd of wood, would be a pity about the wasted money.

    Fuel system and H2 tank Weigh for e-transporter Ca. 350 kg.
    vs
    Batteries with 64 kWh also weigh Ca. 350 kg and provide for Ca. 200 km range real.

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  3. I’m looking forward to the e-transit as a Womo platform. I’m looking forward to the development. The whole roof with solar built up, then comes too.

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