Ford Motor Company has filed an application to register E-550 as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Ford Authority has discovered.
Filed on June 14th, 2017, the application is assigned serial number 87488294 and specifies that the mark will be used in conjunction with “motor vehicles, namely, vans, cutaway van chassis, and their structural parts; exterior insignia badges for motor vehicles”.
The Ford Authority Take
Ford currently offers a three-pronged lineup of Econoline, otherwise known as E-Series, vans:
- E-350 SRW (single rear wheel) priced to start at $30,445
- E-350 DRW (dual rear wheel) priced to start at $30,695
- E-450 DRW (dual rear wheel) priced to start at $32,920
The vans are offered exclusively with the 6.8L Triton V-10 2-valve engine mated to a TorqShift 6-speed transmission and only in 4×2 drive type. Three wheelbase lengths are offered – including 138, 158 and 176 inches.
|E-350 (SRW) 138" Wheelbase||6.8L||18,500||10,050||5,100|
|E-350 (DRW) 138" Wheelbase||6.8L||18,500||11,500||6,327|
|E-350 (SRW) 158" Wheelbase||6.8L||18,500||10,050||5,038|
|E-350 (DRW) 158" Wheelbase||6.8L||18,500||11,500||6,213|
|E-350 (DRW) 158" Wheelbase||6.8L||18,500||12,500||7,213|
|E-350 (DRW) 176" Wheelbase||6.8L||18,500||12,500||7,203|
|E-450 (DRW) 158" Wheelbase||6.8L||22,000||*14,200/14500||8,988|
|E-450 (DRW) 176" Wheelbase||6.8L||22,000||*14200/14500||8,981|
- *14,200 lb GVWR options (derated springs)
- All weight in pounds (lbs)
- GCWR = Gross Combined Weight Rating
- GVWR = Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
All three models are offered exclusively as cutaways, allowing up-fitters to place whatever a customer desires behind the cab, such as a utility truck, hicube, box truck, bus, ambulance, paramedic or firefighter container unit, dump truck, and more. As such, the E-550 filing would suggest that an even heavier-duty model of the Econoline is on its way to slot above the E-450 DRW. Ford offered an E-550 in the first decade of the century, but the model has been discontinued for a few years.