The Ford E-Transit has been in high demand since its launch, with commercial customers lining up to place orders for the EV van with the intentions of reducing their operating costs. In fact, Ford recently admitted that it vastly underestimated demand for the E-Transit, prompting it to take various measures – even discontinuing vehicles like the Ford Fiesta – in an effort to catch up. The E-Transit is one of a handful of Blue Oval models in the midst of a production ramp up, a list that also includes the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid, Ford F-150 Lighting, Ford Transit, Ford Bronco Sport, and Ford Maverick, and now, we’re starting to see the fruits of those efforts.
According to Bloomberg, The Blue Oval produced a total of 1,200 Ford E-Transit vans for the North American market in in Q1 2023, which is 286 more than it built over the same time period last year. These numbers are obviously still quite small compared to mass produced models, but given the fact that they represent a 31 percent increase, they’re still very much notable.
The Ford E-Transit is just one of many EVs that has experienced a sharp ramp-up in production over the past year, with 219,000 units coming off assembly lines in Q1, which is 39 percent more than the first quarter of 2022. This has led to some price reductions, though an improving supply chain has also made this increase possible.
As Ford Authority reported last month, FoMoCo is working to ramp up E-Transit production in the U.S. by adding a third shift at the Kansas City Assembly plant. The automaker is targeting an annual production increase of 38,000 units for both the ICE Transit and E-Transit, which should help it not only fill a recent 9,250 unit order from the United States Postal Service, but also help ensure that it can fill orders from other fleet customers, too.
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Oh, this is an EV van. No, not interested. Sorry….
Sure be problems still alot of people are making work around new charging net works. Hope in the next 2 years short term bring more of these too US market . With better Ranges faster safer charges. Technology been their in past. Now Tooling Tolerances of parts materials spot and other Welds where needed. Getting a better Electric Vehicles Ford in the Near Future . Plus other power sources. Hydrogen Osmosis Fuels algae Fuels and on ECT.
About time Ford got involved with hydrogen. After all, batteries no matter how good or cheap they might get, would still need to be charged using our anemic grid.
To make this possible, we can redo our grid, or we can supplement it throughout with power generators. The power generators can run on fuel oil or natural gas. Or they can run on hydrogen. If they run on fuel oil or natural gas, the benefit of having battery cars is defeated. If the power generators run on hydrogen, they will need to be refueled — which means we must put a hydrogen infrastructure in place to do so. But if we are going to have a hydrogen infrastructure to refuel hydrogen generators to charge battery cars, why not use the same infrastructure to refuel hydrogen cars and trucks to use the hydrogen directly?