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A closer look at Ford’s all-electric Transit van

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This transit-commercial-ev/” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>article was originally published by Michael Coates on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines.

Ford previewed the upcoming electric version of its best-selling Transit van, putting down a marker for the company in the exploding commercial EV market.

The 2022 Ford E-Transit, due to arrive in late 2021, will start at about $46,000 and offer 126 miles of range in its most efficient version.

Ford president and CEO Jim Farley introduced the van as part of the company’s portfolio of electrified commercial and personal-use vehicles, which will be led by the Mustang Mach-E later this year.

As was explained later, the single drivetrain approach is geared to hit the “sweet spot” of the market, short-range work that can be down within the E-Transit’s range—or augmented by its fast-charging capability.

” One key element of the electric Transit is that its body dimensions are identical to the current internal combustion engine version so upfitters, who finish off virtually all of the vehicles in this segment, won’t have to make any adjustments.

The crossover between the E-Transit and other Ford electric offerings is clear, too.

Ford will be using the came LG Chem cells for the battery packs for the Mach-E and the E-Transit.

The all-electric F-150 due in 2022 will take a similar commercial-vehicle focused approach.

Ford indicated the size of the battery pack (and hence the range) could be increased in future models.

To be built in Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant, the E-Transit will be offered in three configurations (cargo, cutaway, and chassis cab) with three roof heights and three body lengths, matching the versions offered by its gas-powered predecessors.

In addition to the battery pack underneath the cargo floor, the E-Transit also has a new rear trailing-arm suspension, designed to accommodate both the batteries and supply better traction, more precise steering, and more confident handling.

Ford will offer its Connected Charge Stations as part of the vehicle purchase.

Recognizing that technology is even more critical in an electric commercial vehicle, Ford plans to add a  full complement of advanced technology.

Ford Commercial Solutions will offer a range of dedicated electric vehicle services.

The offerings will integrate existing technology services like vehicle pre-conditioning—which optimizes cabin temperatures—with considerations for vehicle charging to maintain the best battery efficiency.

The Ford E-Transit will offer Sync 4 communications and entertainment technology, featured on the new standard 12-inch touch screen, along with enhanced voice recognition and cloud-enhanced navigation.

Ford plans to offer over-the-air updates for software to keep the vehicle up-to-date.

The E-Transit will join a mad rush of expansion in electric commercial vans.

Amazon has vans coming from Rivian (in which Ford has also invested) as well as ones of its own design.

Designed to hit the “sweet spot” of the commercial van market.

An electric van can also offer features not available on ICE models, such as the Pro Power Onboard, which turns the E-Transit into a mobile generator capable of providing 2.