Ford Motor Company has confirmed plans to rollout a battery-electric version of the company’s Transit van in the United States next year as a 2022 model. The electrified Transit will come in multiple forms and demonstrates the automaker’s resounding commitment to commercial vehicles.
Ford says its U.S. truck and van fleet sales have increased 33 percent since 2015. This upswing has been aided by the Transit van, which is the world’s best-selling cargo van. Speaking globally, Ford announced an electric Transit for the European market back in 2019. Now Ford is saying Europe and North America will get the battery-powered van next year.
Additionally, the electric Transit will be produced locally as part of Ford’s $11.5 billion investment into electrification.
“Commercial vehicles are a critical component to our big bet on electrification,” said Ford chief operating officer Jim Farley. “As leaders in this space, we are accelerating our plans to create solutions that help businesses run better, starting with our all-electric Transit and F-150. This Ford Transit isn’t just about creating an electric drivetrain, it’s about designing and developing a digital product that propels fleets forward,” Farley added.
Ford has confirmed it will offer the electric Transit in cargo van, cutaway, and chassis cab configurations, with three available roof heights and three body lengths.
Aside from configuration details, Ford has not confirmed much in the way of specifics. The all-important details surrounding the electric powertrain are still unknown, but Ford has said the electric Transit will offer all the same digital goodies that the internal combustion versions offer.