FORD’S new E-Transit looks set to boost LCV fleet electrification, with the new all-electric van capable of covering almost 200 miles on a charge.
The ever-popular LCV is now available as a pure-electric vehicle for the first time, and its 68kWh (net) battery gives the Ford a range of 197 miles on the WLTP cycle.
With a long range plus the Ford Pro eight-year/100,000 miles warranty, the emphasis is clearly on low running costs for the new E-Transit.
Powered by either 135kW or 198kW electric motors, the Ford E-Transit produces 430 Nm of torque in either guise.
Maximum payload available is as high as 1,758kg from one of 25 different model types. These cover van, double-cab-in-van, and chassis cab styles, with multiple lengths and roof heights on offer – as found on the conventional Transit range.
Ford’s ProPower Onboard feature arrives in the UK with the E-Transit, a Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) system that can support up to 2.3kW in power drawn from the battery. This is capable of powering tools, charging phones/laptops/e-bikes, or running a variety of electrical systems.
Two trim levels are available – Leader and Trend – and all feature significantly higher levels of equipment than equivalent diesel models.
Fitted as standard are air conditioning, keyless start, heated seats, quick clear windscreen, and heated power mirrors.
The E-Transit is also available with Ford’s Sync4 infotainment system, which is four-times more powerful than the previous Sync3 system, and features a 12-inch glare-resistant touchscreen. Trend adds navigation to the unit, and Amazon Alexa can be in-built to allow for greater hands-on-wheel driving.