Ford taking pre-orders for E-Transit electric van

Ford has opened a web page for “hand-raisers” to register their interest in the upcoming E-Transit, an electric version of Ford’s popular Transit commercial van. The order books are expected to be open by July. Ford says over 450 commercial customers in North America, including 200 fleet operators, have already expressed interest.

The E-Transit will be built alongside the legacy Transit at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri. It will be offered in eight configurations, including a cargo van with three roof heights and three lengths, as well as chassis cab and cutaway models.

The E-Transit offers the same cargo dimensions and standard mounting points as the legacy gas-powered van, so fleets can continue to use the same upfits, racks, bins and accessories they have now.

“Some customers want high-roof vans to maximize internal cargo space, while others need to install bodies on cutaways and chassis cabs,” said Ted Cannis, General Manager, North American Commercial Business. “Customers will have an all-electric solution—from box truck delivery to parking structure-friendly utility service vans and everything in between.”

The low-roof E-Transit cargo van offers a usable battery capacity of 67 kWh, and has a targeted driving range of 126 miles. The Pro Power Onboard option turns the E-Transit into a mobile generator with up to 2.4 kW of available power for job-site tools. When paired with a standard embedded modem, the SYNC 4 feature enables connected solutions to help fleets manage charging transactions, telematics services and more.

Ford projects that scheduled maintenance costs will be 40 percent less than for the gas-powered Transit.

Expected starting MSRPs range from $43,295 for the cutaway variant to $52,690 for the high-roof extended-wheelbase cargo van.

Source: Ford