Electric Transit unveiled at CV Show

Starting at £43K + VAT, the E-Transit claims to lead its class in terms of power, range and battery size, as well as offering an exportable power feature

The electric version of the mass-selling Ford Transit van has made its European debut at the CV Show in Birmingham.

Ford has also announced pricing for the E-Transit, which will start from £42,695 plus VAT when the van goes on sale in October.

Heading Ford’s major stand at the show, the E-Transit is claimed to lead its class in terms of power, range and battery size, as well as offering an exportable power feature.

The EV is supplied with a 68kWh usable battery capacity as standard, which gives it an official driving range of up to 196 miles. Buyers will be able to choose between 135kW or 198kW motor outputs, both boasting a 430Nm. torque figure.

Ford will offer 25 different versions of the E-Transit, including van, double-cab-in-van and chassis cab body styles with multiple lengths and roof heights and Gross Vehicle Mass figures from 3.5 to 4.25 tonnes. In van form it will offer payload capacities of up to 1,758 square kilos.

A feature Ford expects to be very popular with mobile operators will be the ProPower Onboard function. This delivers up to 2.3kW from standard plug sockets mounted in the cab and load area, allowing the E-Transit to power tools, lights and laptops. The power can also be used for conversions such as refrigeration units.

Ford E-Transit side view CV show

Two trim levels will be available, dubbed Base and Trend, and Ford claims specification levels significantly improved over equivalent diesel versions. Base versions include electronic air conditioning, Ford’s Sync 4 connectivity system accessed through a 12-inch touchscreen display, keyless start, heated seats, screen and power mirrors.

Trend versions add Ford’s Connected navigation system and cruise control, plus safety upgrades including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping and departure warning and front and rear parking sensors.

All versions also include subscriptions to telematics services, while a dedicated team dubbed Ford Pro will assist businesses to install and operate a charging infrastructure for their vehicles.

Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

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