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Ford introduces all-electric E-Transit van

Managing Editor of Fleet Equipment Magazine

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Ford has announced the 2022 E-Transit, its first all-electric cargo van offering.

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According to Ford, scheduled maintenance costs for the all-electric Transit are estimated by the company to be 40% less than the average scheduled maintenance costs for a gas-powered 2020 Transit over eight years/100,000 miles. And with lower maintenance requirements and the opportunity to avoid fill-ups, companies can improve customer uptime and productivity.

With a usable battery capacity of 67 kilowatt-hours, E-Transit will deliver an estimated range of 126 miles in the low-roof cargo van variant. The E-Transit comes backed with an eight-year, 100,000-mile electric vehicle component warranty.

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E-Transit features both AC and DC fast charging, coming standard with a Ford Mobile Charger that can plug into a normal 120-volt outlet for slow and steady charging or into a 240-volt outlet for faster charging. Customers also have the option to purchase the Ford Connected Charge Station, which can fully charge E-Transit in eight hours, Ford says.

On a 115-plus-kilowatt DC fast charger, E-Transit cargo van low-roof models can achieve approximately 30 miles of range in 10 minutes and approximately 45 miles of range in 15 minutes. When plugged into a 240-volt outlet, E-Transit cargo van low-roof models achieve approximately 10 miles per charging hour using the Ford Mobile Charger. Employing a Ford Connected Charge Station brings the number up to approximately 15 miles per charging hour, Ford says.

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For E-Transit cargo vans in the U.S., Ford says it is targeting a maximum payload of 3,800 lbs., and up to 4,290 lbs. for cutaway versions – with a powerful electric motor delivering a targeted 266 HP/198 kW of power and 317 lb.-ft. of torque across all configurations.

Fleets will also be able to take advantage of regenerative braking with the E-Transit, which adds range back into the battery when braking–making it especially useful for pickup and delivery fleets, for example. According to Ray Eyles, chief program engineer for the Ford Transit, additional range from regenerative braking is dependent on use case. “We will work with our customers on what their operating conditions will result in, in terms of range,” he said.

Ford says the 2022 E-Transit will be available next fall.

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