Electric version of world’s best-selling cargo van
Farley says “Ford owns ‘work'”
Ford has officially announced that there is an electric version of its Transit full-size van coming. The E-Transit will bring zero-emissions to the delivery and trades fleet, an important part of electrifying the mainstream.
Ford says that a survey of buyers in the US, UK, and Germany said that people are more open than ever before to EV delivery services. More than 60 percent of Americans and 68 percent of Brits care about the impact of what is being brought to their homes, and Ford says the US figure is up 12 percent just this calendar year.
The Ford Transit is the world’s best-selling cargo van, the automaker says, and adding an electric to the van’s options is one way to keep it in that spot.
“The world – and the way we power our vehicles – is changing. It’s why the time is right for a new type of Transit, something that remains the backbone of commercial business while serving both our community and the environment,” said Ford.
During an earnings call this week, Ford CEO James Farley called the Transit and F-Series trucks the “two most important, highest-volume commercial vehicles in our industry.”
Our first real look at the E-Transit, other than the quick tease Ford has sent out, will be at the reveal of the van on November 12th. Expect sales to start either late next year or early 2022, most likely beginning in Europe, where fuel costs and incentives for these vehicles are greater.
“We own ‘work’ at Ford and these electric vehicles will be true work vehicles extremely capable and with unique digital services and over-the-air capabilities to improve the productivity and uptime of our important commercial customers,” Farley said.