The 2022 Ford E-Transit attracted quite a bit of interest from commercial customers following its reveal last year, racking up 24,000 reservations in just a few months. Since then, the all-electric Ford Transit has entered early production at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant and is currently undergoing pilot programs at Penske Truck Leasing and National Grid, as well as Sonoma County Winegrowers. But the 2022 Ford E-Transit is facing increased competition from the likes of Rivian and GM’s BrightDrop in the EV van space. Regardless, Ford has announced that it has secured 10,000 orders for the E-Transit from fleet customers so far.
A grand total of 300 customers – including small, one-person operations, municipalities including the City of Orlando, and Walmart – which is purchasing 1,100 E-Transits thus far – have placed an order for the new all-electric van, which is available in eight different configurations, including three roof heights, three lengths, chassis cab, and cutaway models.
“For commercial customers, a van is a tool to get a job done, and one size does not fit all needs,” said Andrew Walker, Ford Pro commercial van brand manager. “That’s why we designed the original gas Transit with a best-in-class range of configurations backed by a network of nearly 300 upfitters to further customize it for specific applications. E-Transit adds another eight configurations to that lineup, enabling us to help customers of all sizes across industries transition into an electric future supported by Ford Pro.”
So far, the most popular E-Transit configuration has been the high-roof, extended-wheelbase model, which represents 33 percent of total orders and 100 percent of Walmart’s orders. That configuration has proven to be a hit with fleet customers thanks to its vast interior capacity, as well as space for even the tallest folks to stand up inside. Meanwhile, the low-roof E-Transit has proven popular with the telecommunications industry – representing 19 percent of orders – because it can fit in standard-sized residential garages.
As Ford Authority reported last fall, the 2022 Ford E-Transit is roughly $9,000 more expensive than the ICE-powered Transit, but scheduled maintenance costs for the all-electric Transit are estimated to be 40 percent less than the average scheduled maintenance costs for a gas-powered Transit over eight years or 100,000 miles.