Since the 2022 Ford E-Transit was revealed last November, commercial customers have shown strong interest in the first-ever all-electric Ford Transit van. The promises of less downtime due to maintenance, fewer moving parts, and lower operating costs are clearly appealing to fleet owners, as the electric van has secured over 24,000 reservations to date, Ford revealed in its August 2021 sales report.
In the U.S., the 2022 Ford E-Transit features a base price of $47,185, compared to £42,000 ($57,749 USD) in the UK. The E-Transit differs a bit from the ICE-powered 2022 Transit in that its spare tire is mounted up front instead of in the rear, and it will weigh around 600 pounds more thanks to the addition of a 67 kWh battery pack, which is mounted underneath the vehicle’s body to optimize cargo space. The E-Transit also features a heavy-duty semi-trailing arm suspension system, which is designed to improve steering precision, handling, and traction.
In the U.S., the E-Transit will be available with three roof heights and three body lengths, as well as in cargo, cutaway, and chassis cab versions. Ford is targeting a maximum payload of 3,800 pounds and up to 4,290 pounds for cutaway versions, with an electric motor delivering a targeted 266 horsepower (198 kilowatts) and 317 pound-feet of torque across all configurations.
The all-electric Transit will deliver an estimated range of 126 miles in the low-roof cargo van variant and features both AC and DC fast charging with a mobile charger that can plug into both 120-volt and 240-volt outlets. Additionally, an optional Ford Connected Charge Station can fully charge the E-Transit in eight hours.
The 2022 E-Transit also comes with an eight-year, 100,000-mile electric vehicle component warranty that dwarfs the coverage offered on ICE-powered Transit models. Additionally, scheduled maintenance costs for the all-electric Transit are estimated to be a full 40 percent less than those for a gas-powered 2020 Transit over eight years or 100,000 miles. The 2022 Ford E-Transit will be produced at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant and is scheduled to launch in late 2021.