Ford's expanding EV plans include even more electric F-150s

Ford's expanding EV plans include even more electric F-150s

The Ford E-Transit will be built alongside the existing Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid at the firm's plant in Turkey. The E-Transit has a starting MSRP under $45,000 for USA fleet customers and comes with an eight-year, 100,000-mile electric vehicle component warranty.

E-Transit also features additional standard Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies created to help fleet customers reduce driver-based insurance claims, including Lane-Keeping System and PreCollision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking. The company didn't reveal much about the performance of the van but did note the low-roof version will travel 126 miles on a charge.

The E-Transit employs steel unibody construction, and is available in cargo, chassis cab and cutaway van bodystyles, in combination with three roof heights and regular, long and extended lengths.

The vehicle's useful battery capacity is 67 kilowatt-hours.

Ford shared details Thursday of its low-roof cargo van, which will start at under $45,000 for USA fleet customers.

The van features AC and DC fast charging, coming standard with a Ford Mobile Charger that can plug into a normal 120-volt outlet for slow and steady charging or into a 240-volt outlet for faster charging. With 13 upfitters located conveniently within 48 km of the assembly plant, customers get fast delivery to the upfitter of their choice right when they order their van, removing the need for an upfit after delivery and helping them get on the road quickly.

Jaroslav Hetman, global marketing director for Ford electric trucks and commercial vehicles, added that commercial customers "see things through two lenses: total cost of ownership and safety". In other words, they want to get the job done. effectively as possible, but they don't want to pay for capability that's over and above that, and that applies to range as well. More importantly, the Transit is America's best-selling commercial van by a country mile, having doubled the sales of the nearest competitor in 2019.

Ford E-Transit

Electrification brings new ways for customers to manage their businesses and fleets more efficiently. The company also says fleet customers will appreciate a 40-percent reduction in maintenance costs over the course of the warranty period versus a gas Transit.

Ford's wide-ranging plans are all part of a larger $US3.2 billion build out of the company's North American manufacturing facilities which will allow production of a new series of new electric vehicles for both commercial and retail customers.

Further, the E-Transit will start at less than $US45,000 ($61,952), Ford says, or just $US4,000 ($5,507) around $US15,000 ($20,651) more than an equivalent internal combustion Transit.

The all-electric Transit comes equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360 technology such as available Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Speed Sign Recognition and Intelligent Speed Assist, which together identify speed limits and automatically change the vehicle speed accordingly.

The daily driving needs of typical US customers using the E-Transit add up to about 74 miles, according to Ford, and the company has tested the vehicle in extreme conditions to make sure the range holds up to that.

There's also an embedded modem paired with Ford Telematics or Ford Data Services that can help improve fleet operations.

Ford is also offering integrated Driver ID, giving managers an easy way to associate drivers with specific vehicles.

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