FoMoCo is planning to launch the 2022 Ford E-Transit in the U.S. in late 2021 from the Ford Kansas City Assembly plant. There’s plenty of interest for the all-electric Ford Transit thus far, with 24,000 reservations secured this August. Those reservations are likely helped by the fact the E-Transit boasts a generous warranty – especially when compared to ICE-powered Transits – covering the battery and electric powertrain for 100,000 miles or eight years. Now, Ford Authority has caught the 2022 Ford E-Transit Chassis Cab – a configuration we have yet to meet in person – as it was undergoing final validation testing in metro Detroit.
The 2022 Ford E-Transit Chassis Cab is, of course, one of three body configurations available, which include cargo and cutaway models. The particular example seen here features a flatbed upfit and the single rear wheel setup – the only rear wheel configuration available for the E-Transit. An electric motor drives the rear wheels, delivering 266 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque.
The E-Transit Chassis Cab possesses a maximum targeted payload capacity of 4,250 pounds, good for hauling some lightweight cars, cool toys, or small construction equipment. More notable, though, is the 67-kWh lithium-ion battery pack for the 2022 Ford E-Transit. Normally more disguised in the cargo body configuration, the battery’s placement is on display in the particular Chassis Cab. Located next the cab’s B-pillar below the frame, the battery appears to be protected by a silver railing. The pack can be charged from 15 percent to 80 percent in 34 minutes via DC fast charging, and from zero percent to fully charged in eight hours when plugged into a 240V/48-amp charging station. Range is 126 miles per full charge.
Up front, the cab resembles any other Ford Transit. The only clues that demonstrate that this is a battery electric vehicle are the blue lines in the grille (with the charging port located below the Blue Oval) and the matching blue E-Transit badging on the doors.
Behind the grille, though, resides not an engine, but a handy space to place the spare tire. This is due to the battery pack taking up the space underneath the chassis where the tire would normally reside. A cleaner spare free of elements like mud and road salt is just another plus for the E-Transit, adding to the already lower maintenance and operating costs the electric commercial van offers to customers.
The fact that the 2022 Ford E-Transit can be had as a chassis or cutaway means business customers can have a tool that will leave nothing more than the cargo dropped off at the delivery zone. And for those who need or desire the cargo body style, it’s available just as well. All three deliver no emissions, no smog, cleaner air for all in town.
As Ford Authority exclusively reported last week, the 2022 Ford E-Transit will go into production on November 15th, while ICE-powered 2022 Transits will begin production in December.