The Ford E-Transit electric commercial van will carry a starting price of $ 43,295 for the coupe version and will rise to $ 52,690 for the high-roof long-wheelbase model. The company will open its registration site for the model today for anyone interested in purchasing one. It will be possible to place an actual order in July.
Ford will offer the E-Transit in eight configurations. There will be three roof heights, three lengths, a chassis cab and a sectional configuration.
The E-Transit has a 67 kilowatt-hour battery that provides an estimated range of 126 miles for the low-roof van configuration. According to Ford, the average commercial pickup truck drives 74 miles a day, so the electric vehicle should provide plenty of distance for most customers. The automaker aims to produce 266 horsepower (198 kilowatts) and 317 pound-feet (430 Newton-meters) of torque.
Inside, cargo dimensions and mounting points are the same as the existing Transit, meaning companies can continue to use the same internal layout on the EV. There’s also an optional Pro Power Onboard generator with up to 2.4 kilowatts of power for tasks like running power tools or recharging equipment.
One thing that should make E-Transit attractive to businesses is the low maintenance costs. Ford estimates them to be 40% less than a combustion Transit.
Even before opening registrations, more than 450 commercial customers, including several fleets, expressed their interest in E-Transit. According to company research, 70% of companies operating full-size buses or vans plan to go all-electric by 2030.
Ford will launch a pilot program this summer in which it will allow select customers to use E-Transit before the pickup officially goes on sale. The company will have more details on this commitment later.
Ford will build the E-Transit at its Kansas City assembly plant. The same site is already building the combustion version of the van.