The 2022 Ford E-Transit was originally revealed last November, at which time FoMoCo said that its all-electric van would launch in North America in late 2021. Back in May, Ford launched its E-Transit registration site and announced the vehicle’s MSRP in the U.S., and on the very same day, also announced that trials would begin in Europe very soon. Now, 2022 Ford E-Transit trials have indeed begun in Europe ahead of its launch in that region next spring.
“We want to demonstrate that helping customers reduce their environmental impact can go hand-in-hand with improving their productivity,” said Dave Petts, market lead, urban electrified vans, Ford of Europe. “Real-world mileage in customer hands helps us to show the business benefits that E-Transit can deliver, as well as providing valuable feedback on usage patterns and charging behavior so that we can refine the operating experience. We firmly believe in treating our customers like family, and this program highlights the value we place on those close partnerships.”
A grand total of ten E-Transit prototypes are participating in the trial program, including van, chassis cab, and double-cab-in-van configurations, with various specialized conversions and gross vehicle masses ranging from 3.5 to 4.25 tons, as Ford knows that the electric van will be used in a wide variety of ways by commercial customers once it launches next year.
The prototypes include a refrigerated box body for grocery delivery, a caged tipper for refuse removal, a box body with walkthrough bulkhead and rear air suspension, a van with bonded internal racking, walkthrough bulkhead, and front jump seat, and a dropside body for construction equipped with light beacons and weight sensors.
The E-Transit prototypes are being tested by companies and government entities including Balfour Beatty, AWB waste disposal, DHL Express, Ocado, DPD, Norwegian Post, Recover Nordic, and the City of Cologne municipal fleet. The vans are participating in a variety of industries and sectors including grocery delivery, last-mile services, postal, utilities, and municipalities in Germany, the UK, and Norway. Participants in the E-Transit trial program will utilize the prototypes for either six or twelve-month periods.