With the all-electric Ford E-Transit already on sale in multiple parts of the globe – including the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, to name a few – Australia is also on the list, with the E-Transit previously expected to launch in that country in mid-2022. However, Ford Australia has revealed that the E-Transit is facing a bit of a delay, and will now arrive in that country in January 2023, well over a year since it was announced for the market back in October 2021, according to CarExpert.
In spite of this delay, the Ford E-Transit will still be Australia’s very first all-electric van when it launches early next year. It will join a revamped lineup that is set to receive five new electrified models by 2024, including the E-Transit, the Ford Mustang Mach-E – as Ford Authority reported earlier today – the Ford Escape PHEV, and the E-Transit Custom, with the fifth yet to announced.
In Australia, the E-Transit will be sold exclusively in rear-wheel drive 420L long-wheelbase configuration with a 68 kWh battery, which gives it a driving range of 317 kilometers (197 miles) on the WLTP test cycle. Its single electric motor produces 198 kW and 430 Nm of torque, though pricing for the electric van hasn’t yet been announced for Australia. Available at Ford dealerships, around 20 of the country’s dealers will incorporate special EV workshop equipment to service the E-Transit.
Meanwhile, many Blue Oval vehicles in Australia continue to struggle amid various supply chain issues as well. Aside from the ICE Transit and the discontinuation of the Ford Focus and Fiesta ST, both of the non-performance variants of those models are also facing delays, along with the Ford Ranger and Ford Mustang, as The Blue Oval stopped taking orders for its pony car in Australia last month.