Currently, Ford’s E-Transit offered in the United States has a limited range of just 126 miles. That’s actually enough for most businesses to use, according to Ford’s data, since local delivery and service vehicles usually don’t drive much. But Ford seems to know that there are many customers who wanted greater reach and other features that would help their business.
Ford’s global research, engineering and software departments worked together to create the E-Transit Custom with small to medium-sized businesses in mind. The car is based on cloud connectivity and Ford Power-Up software updates that can change over the life of the car; all of which are designed to save businesses money in managing equipment maintenance and transition costs associated with electric cars.
“Ford Pro and the E-Transit Custom are redefining what a commercial vehicle can do: leading workers and businesses into a new digital age,” said Jim Farley, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company. “Our customers have made Transit Custom the most popular commercial vehicle in Europe, and we’ve been listening to those customers for over 50 years. The new E-Transit Custom is designed and engineered to meet their needs: a Transit for the new era, but one that can still get its hands dirty when there’s a job to do.”
The new battery technology provides a targeted range of 380 kilometers and 125 kilowatts of fast charging. E-Transit Custom will deliver exceptional performance in a variety of customer situations – all handled by Ford Pro’s end-to-end solutions to manage and optimize charging. E-Transit Custom offers new digital solutions for multi-drop deliveries, as well as access to cabin and cargo area, to increase productivity during the day. The cabin is also a business center with 5G connectivity and a configurable workspace with smart features such as an adjustable steering wheel that converts into an ergonomic holder for laptops and tablets.
This idea of the automaker helping optimize deliveries seems like a way for Ford to compete with GM’s Brightdrop, but we’ll have to wait and see what solutions it specifically offers to get a good idea of what that competitive field looks like.
E-Transit Custom offers an excellent payload of up to 1,100 kg, along with uncompromising payload and capacity. A lower load floor combined with easier access makes this vehicle perfect for those requiring a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 kg. Independent rear suspension and class-leading engine power deliver a new experience that customers will love.
“Powered by the Ford Pro digital ecosystem, E-Transit Custom offers a truly revolutionary proposition to European van customers,” said Ted Cannis, CEO of Ford Pro. “These vital companies contribute €786 billion to the European economy, and E-Transit Custom will give them a much-needed productivity boost in the transition to electric vehicles.”
The 400-volt, 74 kWh usable battery pack in the E-Transit Custom uses advanced 82 Ah pouch cells also found in the Ford F-150 Lightning. This makes for a 12% more energy-dense battery than what was used before. With this new and improved technology, the target range is now up to 380 km on a single charge – more than four times the average daily mileage of a one-ton truck driver, according to Ford Pro customer data. In addition, thanks to the direct mounting on the body, durability is increased while reducing weight; two factors that work together optimally to give an even greater range.
“Our customers can choose from an engine power of 100 kW or 160 kW (135 hp or 217 hp), each of which offers 415 Nm of torque. The drive motor is mounted directly on the rear floor of the vehicle, eliminating the need for a special subframe. Rotating it 90 degrees maximizes cargo space while reducing weight and complexity. The electric powertrain is so powerful that it can tow up to 2,000 kg. This means that the E-Transit Custom could replace diesel vehicles in functions where no other all-electric van could match its performance. For even more convenience, a retractable towbar can optionally be fitted.”
Ford Pro E-Telematics 6 is free for one year when owned by an E-Transit Custom, and provides live data monitoring of the vehicle’s location, efficiency and health for productive use. The software also supports optimized charging strategies with EV-specific insights such as charge status, charge status and remaining range, as well as customizable low-range warning thresholds. In addition to its other great features, the E-Transit Custom’s battery and cab can be programmed to be heated or cooled before going to work with Scheduled Pre-Conditioning, which conserves energy for optimum range.
E-Transit Custom offers a single-pedal drive mechanical braking system that is energy efficient. The system uses friction brakes and regenerative braking to collect energy during deceleration, allowing the battery to recharge for extended range. The single-pedal drive mode allows drivers to stop the van without using the brake pedal, “which drivers of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E appreciated and made city driving more relaxed and enjoyable.” Other available speed modes provide less delay to suit different driving conditions. The friction brakes are used often enough to prevent the discs from rusting or pitting.
E-Transit Custom’s 11 kW AC 3-phase on-board charger can fully charge the battery in approximately 8 hours, allowing customers to recharge overnight after a shift. They can also use the FordPass Pro smartphone app to track current charge status when on the road on busy days.
If you want faster charging, E-Transit Custom also supports DC fast charging up to 125 kW for a 15-80% charge in 41 minutes. The system, in laboratory tests, generated almost 38 kilometers of range in just 5 minutes using a 125 kW charger, thanks to a new charging profile that charges the energy forward. Every E-Transit Custom is sold with a free 12-month subscription to public charging via the Blue Oval Charging Network, Europe’s largest and growing network with more than 300,000 chargers
Ford Otosan will build all Transit Custom variants in an all-new factory on the company’s Yeniköy site that will be built as part of a previously announced €2 billion investment in facilities. The plant has state-of-the-art manufacturing and battery assembly facilities that help position Ford Otosan as a center of excellence for commercial vehicle manufacturing and the home of European Transit manufacturing. The new location, along with significant investments in solar energy and energy efficiency, supports Ford Otosan’s goal of carbon neutrality across all facilities in Turkey by 2030.
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