Ford’s electric transition in Europe is well underway after the E-Transit entered production in that region at the Otosan Assembly plant in Turkey back in April. There’s much more to come, however, as the automaker revealed that it will launch seven new EV models in Europe by 2024 earlier this year, a lineup that consists of a Puma EV, a pair of new crossovers built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, and four new Ford Transit models – a Custom one-ton van, Tourneo Custom multi-purpose vehicle, and next-generation Transit Courier van and Tourneo Courier multi-purpose vehicle. The first model in that quadruplet was teased just a couple of weeks ago, and now the all-new Ford E-Transit Custom has officially been revealed.
The Ford E-Transit Custom is a one-ton van that’s tightly integrated with Ford Pro – the automaker’s commercial business – and is supported by that entity’s software, charging, service, and financing solutions in one comprehensive platform to help fleet owners increase uptime and reduce operating costs.
The E-Transit Custom is expected to deliver a targeted driving range of up to 380 kilometers (236 miles) and features both DC fast-charging and full towing capability, as well as Ford’s Pro Power Onboard generator, which can provide power for tools, lights, and other devices found at various job sites. Otherwise, Ford hasn’t provided any addition details about the new E-Transit Custom – more are promised in September – save for the fact that it will be produced alongside the E-Transit in Turkey starting in the second half of 2023.
“This is a watershed moment for commercial vehicle operators in Europe, and another hugely significant realisation of our Ford Pro ambitions,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe. “Europe’s best-selling van just went all-electric and – supported by our unique Ford Pro one-stop-shop of productivity-boosting services – the operating benefits this will bring to business across Europe cannot be overstated.”