FORD UNVEILS E-TRANSIT ELECTRIC CARGO VAN WITH 126 MILES OF RANGE AND $45,000 PRICE TAG
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FordFord unveiled the all-electric version of its popular Transit delivery van, with connected vehicle technology to help commercial fleet owners better manage their cargo operations. The E-Transit will have a smaller battery and less range than most passenger EVs released in recent years, but Ford insists that it will be more than sufficient to meet the last-mile delivery needs of its commercial customers.
The E-Transit is the second major electric vehicle to be released as part of Ford’s $11.5 billion push into electrification, which the company says will last through 2022. The first vehicle was the Mustang Mach-E, which Ford will start delivering to customers at the end of this year. Next year, the company expects to unveil an electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck.
THE SECOND MAJOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE TO BE RELEASED AS PART OF FORD’S $11.5 BILLION ELECTRIFICATION PUSH
Ford is revealing its electric cargo van at a time when more people are using delivery than any time before. The coronavirus pandemic has forced more people to shop online for groceries and other services. And the need to invest in less polluting technology is at the front of mind for many automakers as nations around the world move to crack down on combustion engine vehicles.
When it’s released in 2022, the E-Transit will come packing a 76-kWh battery, which should power it for 126 miles of range. That may seem paltry when compared to long-range EVs like Tesla, Lucid, and others. But Ford says it made this decision based on 30 million miles of real-world driving telematics of its non-electric Transit customers “to deliver the right amount of range based on fleet needs.” Based on that analysis, Ford determined that the average daily mileage of a Ford Transit customer was just 76 miles.
People who are shopping for themselves are looking for “an aspirational vehicle that truly exceeds rocket ship acceleration, range that’s beyond belief, etc,” said Yaroslav Hetman, global director of marketing for electric trucks and commercial vehicles at Ford. “When you talk to commercial customers, they view things through two lenses: total cost of ownership and safety.”