Ford Motor Company has confirmed plans to reveal a battery-electric version of its Transit commercial van next month. Ford had previously announced plans for a battery-electric Transit back in April 2019 as part of its broader electrification strategy.
The announcement came straight from the company’s new chief executive, Jim Farley, during Ford’s third quarter earnings call.
“We own ‘work’ at Ford and these electric vehicles will be true work vehicles, extremely capable and with unique digital services and over-the-air capabilities to improve the productivity and uptime of our important commercial customers,” Farley said. “We believe the addressable market for a fully electric commercial van and pickup — the two largest addressable profit pools and commercial — are going to be massive and we’re going straight at this opportunity.”
Ford confirmed a couple months ago plans to launch the all-electric Transit in the U.S. sometime in 2022, but Europe will likely get it first next year. Ford plans to produce the electric Transit in the U.S., assumably at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, which produces the gas-powered Transit.