Ford relies heavily on electrification of its range of commercial vehicles. A few months ago, the house of the blue oval had presented the E-Transit, the electric version of its well-known and appreciated van. Now, the automaker has announced that the first road tests for European customers of this new battery-powered vehicle will begin very soon.
The first prototypes of the electric van will join the models of companies in the large-scale distribution, home delivery, postal services and utilities sectors in Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom. These tests are part of a extensive development program dedicated to the Ford E-Transit before its official launch scheduled for spring 2022. These trials will begin as early as next summer and will be used to verify whether the electric van is capable of meet customer needs in various operational areas.
The data that will be collected will allow the car manufacturer to further refine the model and in particular the functions related to connectivity. Ford expects running costs will ultimately be 40% lower than those of endothermic models. For the tests, different variants of the E-Transit will be used, specific to the uses to which they will be destined.
Finally, remember that the Ford E-Transit has an electric motor capable of delivering maximum power 198 kW (269 hp) with 430 Nm of torque. The accumulator has a capacity of 67 kWh and allows autonomy who is 350 Km according to the WLTP cycle. In order not to penalize the load capacity, the battery has been placed under the floor. Andrew Mottram, Ford’s E-Transit Chief Program Engineer, commented:
Real-world trials are an important step in our journey of developing all-electric E-Transit and will provide us with even more insight into how to help customers across different industries improve their productivity.