Ford Pro – the automaker’s dedicated commercial business – was revealed back in May of 2021 and has since expanded rapidly around the globe. FoMoCo expects its new entity to generate $45 billion in annual revenue by 2025 in a variety of ways, including through subscription-based services, though some will also be free. Now, after production of the commercial-focused 2022 Ford E-Transit is officially underway at the Ford Otosan Assembly Plant in Turkey, Ford Pro has launched in Europe as a new connected services provider to support it.
Ford Pro combines software, charging, service, and financing for commercial vehicles into one comprehensive platform, which aims to increase uptime and lower operating costs for fleet owners. According to Ford, this line of services – which has already launched in the U.S. – can reduce the total cost of fleet ownership from 10-20 percent. The commercial entity launched Ford Pro Charging for electric vehicles back in December, a mobile service pilot program in Germany that same month, and followed that up by revealing its EV charging solutions just last month.
While many of Ford Pro’s services focus on EVs and easing the transition to electric power, the commercial business also provides support for ICE-powered vehicles as well. For example, Ford Pro Telematics software is designed to provide useful insights and alerts to simplify fleet management, including real-time vehicle location, health alerts, and driver monitoring to support compliance and training. For EVs, these services also include the ability to precondition the battery and interior prior to departure, as well as monitor current charging status, vehicle-specific state of charge, and remaining range with customizable Low Range alerts.
Aside from the E-Transit, Ford recently announced that the Transit range will expand to include four new all-electric models in Europe – the Transit Custom one-ton van and Tourneo Custom multi-purpose vehicle (which it teased just last week) will launch in 2023, and the smaller, next-generation Transit Courier van and Tourneo Courier multipurpose vehicle are set to launch in 2024.