The Blue Oval has received over 24,000 reservations and 10,000 orders for the 2022 Ford E-Transit thus far, while the all-electric van embarked on a number of pilot programs prior to its launch as well. That includes spending some time in the fleet of Penske Truck Leasing, which was the first truck rental and leasing company to use and test the E-Transit. Now, Penske has announced that it has ordered 750 2022 Ford E-Transit vans that will soon be available for rental and longer-term full-service leasing in Southern California, while other locations around the U.S. will follow later in the year.
“We’re excited to help bring these new vehicles to market as both a rental and full-service lease option for our customers,” said Art Vallely, president of Penske Truck Leasing. “We continue to expand and diversify our fleet of electric vehicles and to offer new options for customers seeking more sustainable choices when it comes to transportation.”
Production of the 2022 Ford E-Transit began at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant for U.S. customers back in November, as well as in Europe at at the Ford Otosan Assembly Plant in Turkey earlier this month. The new all-electric van also recently launched in Mexico after the very first deliveries began in February.
In addition to the $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs, the new E-Transit is also eligible for a $7,500 point-of-sale discount in California after it was approved by that state’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) as a Class 2b vehicle. That’s sure to make it an enticing buy 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.