Ford e-Transit Custom: Europe’s best-selling van goes electric

Ford e-Transit Custom: Europe’s best-selling van goes electric

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Particularly popular with companies, the Ford Transit Custom goes into an electric version with a 74 kWh battery for 380 km of autonomy. Hyperconnected and clever, it is part of the new Ford Pro program.

Although its production should not start until 2023 in Turkey and while waiting for future new diesel and PHEV engines, the Ford Transit in its Custom version is making its electric revolution. To continue to appeal to company fleets and craftsmen, this new E-Transit Custom is adorned with many modern assets, starting with a 100 kW (135 hp) or 160 kW (217 hp) powertrain delivering torque of 415 Nm, powered by a 74 kWh battery. The 82 Ah cells are the same as those of the Ford F-150 Lightning.

The advertised autonomy is 380 km in the WLTP combined cycle and it is possible via its 400 V platform to reach a direct current charging power of up to 125 kW, to go from 15 to 80% in 41 minutes. With the 11 kW on-board charger, you will have to wait between 7 and 8 hours. In addition, it is able to supply up to 2.3 kW in the cabin and the loading area via sockets to power different tools or lights. It is also fitted with a heat pump (steam injection) as standard to heat the passenger compartment while maintaining its autonomy.

Ford e-Transit Custom: Europe’s best-selling van goes electric

Above all, it is, according to the manufacturer, the first 100% electric van offering a towing capacity of 2000 kg. Built on a common platform with Volkswagen, it installs its electric motor at the rear, which frees up space for loading. The length of the cargo can climb up to 3.45 m and the useful volume varies between 5.8 and 9 m³. The maximum payload capacity is 1100 kg. Double cab and combi bodies are also available with a choice of short or long wheelbase and low or high roof. Owners who wish to transport up to five people as well as long objects such as pipes, boards or kayaks can request an L-shaped bulkhead, with a second row of two seats.

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Ford e-Transit Custom: Europe’s best-selling van goes electric

The e-Transit Custom is equipped with an independent rear suspension which helps to lower the loading sill and improve steering precision, handling and traction. Van owners generally use them as all-purpose tools but also spend a lot of time in their cabin for lunch or work. Ford offers an optional steering wheel that can be folded down to transform it into a lunch table or a computer stand.

Ford e-Transit Custom: Europe’s best-selling van goes electric

Compatible with OTA updates, the Ford e-Transit Custom features new digital solutions to facilitate multi-point delivery. The cabin incorporates 5G connectivity as well as Ford Pro E‑Telematics and Ford Pro Charging features, which allow contractors to track locations, optimize routes based on fleet states of charge, choose charging points load and to plan the charging times according to the costs.

Ford e-Transit Custom: Europe’s best-selling van goes electric

Compatible with keyless start, the e-Transit van incorporates a digital key (Digital Key) which offers operators the possibility of remotely assigning keys to different users and different vehicles. Infotainment is provided by the Sync 4 home OS and takes place in a 13-inch landscape touchscreen.

Finally, while pricing is yet to be revealed and will likely be much higher than the diesel equivalent, Ford expects the e-Transit Custom to reduce maintenance and ownership costs by up to at 40%.

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