The 2022 Ford E-Transit – the all-electric version of the Ford Transit – entered production at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant back in November, while the first deliveries began last month. So far, the EV van has enjoyed considerable success, as Ford has already taken 10,000 orders for the new model, which it says will present around 40 percent less in scheduled maintenance costs than its ICE-powered counterpart over eight years or 100,000 miles. However, the E-Transit also costs roughly $9,000 more, though that can be offset quite a bit by California buyers, who are now eligible for a $7,500 rebate, according to a dealer letter seen by Cars Direct.
That letter reveals that the 2022 Ford E-Transit has been approved for the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) as a Class 2b vehicle, which makes it eligible for a $7,500 point-of-sale discount. Commercial fleet owners can claim the discount starting now by submitting a voucher request and are then reimbursed for that amount.
This is great news for fleets looking to reduce operating costs without having to spend more money up front, particularly since the E-Transit offers a much more generous warranty than its ICE-powered brethren – 8 years or 100,000 miles, which covers the vehicle’s battery and electric drivetrain system.
A number of E-Transit and Ford F-150 Lightning are already being used in a pilot program at three farms in Sonoma County, California, but Ford recently stopped taking fleet orders for both models amid overwhelming demand, as Ford Authority reported back in January. It’s currently unclear when order banks will reopen, but in the meantime, fleet orders will be automatically placed on a material hold until dealers get the additional allocations for either vehicle.