2022 Ford E-Transit production began back in November at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant following a bit of a delay, shortly after the very first E-Transit pilot program launched in the U.S. when Penske Truck Leasing and National Grid took delivery of pre-production versions of the new all-electric van for testing purposes. Now, the 2022 Ford E-Transit has begun shipping to customers, the automaker has announced, an important milestone in FoMoCo’s transition to electric vehicle and battery production.
The Kansas City Assembly Plant is actually Ford’s first facility to assemble both EVs and batteries in-house and is a key cog in the automaker’s goal to produce 600,000 EVs annually by the end of 2023. That number will consist of 150,000 Ford F-150 Lightning models, along with 200,000 annual units of the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Ford is also looking at ways to ramp up E-Transit production after receiving 10,000 orders for the all-electric van from 300 customers so far.
Ford invested $100 million into the Kansas City Assembly Plant and added around 150 new full-time jobs to support E-Transit production. However, as the semiconductor chip shortage continues to wreak havoc on the automotive world, Transit production at the plant is down to one shift this week, while Ford F-150 production at the plant is on pause for the entire week, as Ford Authority reported yesterday.
The 2022 Ford E-Transit shares quite a few similarities with its ICE-powered brethren, yet also a few distinct differences, aside from its all-electric drivetrain. The electric Transit has no frunk, unlike many other EVs, and its spare tire is mounted up front, rather than below the rear cargo area. Additionally, the E-Transit will weigh around 600 pounds more than ICE Transits, mostly due to its 67 kWh battery pack, and it will also cost roughly $9,000 more as well.
Aside from lower operating costs than gas-powered models, E-Transit commercial customers will also enjoy a number of complimentary services from Ford Pro, including a trial period of E-Telematics, which enables fleet managers to track battery range, locate charging stations, and learn about power consumption trends.