Ford Motor Company has taken the wraps off the all-new 2022 Ford E-Transit, the company’s latest battery-electric vehicle. While the Blue Oval’s first EV–the Mustang Mach-E–is uniquely electric, the novelty of this E-Transit is in just how unchanged it is from the popular gas-powered Transit cargo van.
Laypersons will likely look at photos of the 2022 E-Transit and assume they’re looking at photos of Ford’s typical Transit cargo van; you know, the one that drops off Amazon packages every week. Indeed, the observation would not be far off, because the only noticeable design difference is found in blue slats in the grille. Oh, and there’s a specific E-Transit badge to remind fleet buyers that this isn’t a gas Transit.
Design isn’t the only area in which the E-Transit proves not to bend from the gas variant. Ford says E-Transit buyers will have three roof heights, three lengths, a cutaway variant and a chassis cab variant to order. If that menu of options sounds familiar, that’s because it is parity with the normal Transit.
Things begin to deviate by what is housed in the engine bay of the E-Transit. Ford has thrown out the gas engine in favor of a 67-kWh battery pack located under the body of the E-Transit. This pack is suppling power to a single electric motor that generates 266 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Ford says the combination will be good for an EPA rated 126 miles of range in low-roof configurations.
Ford is also offering all E-Transit customers an eight-year, 100,000 mile vehicle warranty. The company also says fleet customers will appreciate a 40-percent reduction in maintenance costs over the course of the warranty period versus a gas Transit.
While some electric vehicles change interior dimensions, Ford has managed to shoehorn an electric powertrain into its cargo van without modifying the mount points or other important-to-fleet-buyers statistics. This means the dozens and dozens of up-fit options for Transit will automatically apply to E-Transit as well.
Ford says the E-Transit will have a payload limit of about 3,800 pounds, which is on-par with some variants of the Transit 250, again a sign fleet owners do not have to compromise much to add the E-Transit to their fleet.
One compromise to consider will be charging the E-Transit. E-Transit features both AC and DC fast charging, offering a standard Ford Mobile Charger that can plug into a normal 120-volt outlet or 240-volt for faster charges. An optional Ford Connected Charge Station offers the fastest home charging solution that can fully charge the battery in eight hours. If fleet operators have 115 kW DC fast-chargers, they will be able to add about 30 miles of range in 10 minutes.
Speaking of charging, Ford is also offering customers an optional Pro Power Onboard system. Pro Power is effectively a 2.4-kW mobile power generator that can power things like power tools for skilled trades use cases.
Rounding out the feature changes versus the normal Transit is a slightly revised interior that features a standard 12-inch touchscreen display with Ford’s latest SYNC 4 system. The system is cloud connected via a 4G LTE modem.
Ford says when the 2022 E-Transit launches, it will be sellable by about 90-percent of its dealership base in the U.S. Ford will produce the E-Transit at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, which already produces the gas-powered Transit and F-150. It will start at about $45,000.
Will your package soon be delivered by an E-Transit? Well, if any automaker has a chance at converting cargo fleets to electric, the no-compromise E-Transit appears to be the most realistic bet.