2022 Ford E-Transit electric van: range, charging time and specification

The first electric Ford Transit is due in early 2022, with a payload capacity of up to 1,987kg and up to 217 miles of driving range

James Allen
Dec 8, 2020

The Ford Transit will soon undergo one of the biggest transformations in its 55-year history: in early 2022, it will be available for the first time with pure-electric power. While some electric vans work better for those more concerned with having zero-emission transport than having the most heavy duty of vans, the E-Transit promises a high electric range per charge and a substantial payload for a plug-in machine.

In its upcoming E-Transit guise, the van will ditch the diesel engines seen in the regular Transit in favour of an all-electric setup with a 67kWh battery and a rear-wheel drive electric motor. The targeted stats for the E-Transit are also reassuringly good: Ford is aiming for the production-ready electric van to have up to a hefty 269hp and 430Nm of torque, and an impressive driving range of up to 217 miles between charges.

The new electric motor and battery aside, the rest of the E-Transit will be familiar to commercial vehicle drivers who use the current one. The quoted payload capacities for the E-Transit are broadly similar to those for the diesel-powered Transit and, because the battery is installed in the van’s floor, there’s parity in the amount of load space inside the panel van versions, too. Just like the regular Transit, the E-Transit will also be available in a variety of length, height and cab size options.

Ford hasn’t given any details regarding how much the E-Transit will cost when it goes on sale, though that info should be revealed closer to the electric van’s launch in early 2022. Considering that the E-Transit promises a large battery and a powerful motor, expect this version of the Transit to cost more than equivalent size diesel models.

Quick facts

  • Electric Ford E-Transit revealed
  • Estimated range of up to 217 miles
  • Payload capacity up to 1,967kg
  • Available as panel van or chassis cab
  • Prices yet to be confirmed
  • On sale in early 2022

2022 Ford E-Transit performance

While performance figures haven’t been revealed yet, it seems that the Ford E-Transit will be quite quick by commercial vehicle standards. The van’s rear-wheel drive electric motor produces 269hp and 430Nm of torque, while the most powerful diesel Transit has 185hp and 415Nm at its disposal.

Ford is targeting a single charge driving range of up to 217 miles for the E-Transit, which would be pretty good by electric van standards. As well as being better than what some small electric cars can manage, it also means the E-Transit’s claimed range is a bit better than what rivals like the Vauxhall Vivaro-e (up to 205 miles) and Peugeot e-Expert (up to 211 miles) can manage.

As the E-Transit will accept charging speeds of up to 115kW, you’ll be able recharge the van’s 67kWh battery quite quickly if you can find a powerful enough charging point: Ford says it can take as little as 34 minutes to recharge the E-Transit from 15% to 80%. You can still recharge the E-Transit using less powerful charging points, though this will mean it takes a lot longer to top up the E-Transit’s battery - expect a full charge using an 11.3kW charging point to take around eight hours.

2022 Ford E-Transit configurations and capacities

Just like the regular Transit, the Ford E-Transit won’t be available with just the one bodystyle. Buyers will be able to choose from cabins with one or two rows of seats, and be able to pick the length and height of their panel van (or forego the van body entirely, if they’d prefer a bare chassis cab platform). In total, Ford claims the E-Transit will be able in 25 different configurations.

As the E-Transit’s battery pack is stored in the floor, Ford says the electric van will be just as spacious as the regular version - the claimed maximum capacity of 15.1 cubic metres is identical to the one quoted for the tallest and longest variant of the conventionally-powered Transit.

Depending on which version of the E-Transit you go for, payload capacities may be better or worse than on diesel-powered equivalents. For the panel van E-Transit variants, Ford quotes a maximum payload figure of 1,616kg, which is a fair bit more than the best possible capacity of 1,472kg in the regular Transit. However, the chassis cab E-Transit’s maximum payload of 1,967kg is down on the equivalent diesel Transit’s 2,391kg.

2022 Ford E-Transit specifications and technology

Full specifications will be clarified closer to the van’s launch, though Ford has confirmed some of the items that will be available on the E-Transit. A 12.0-inch touchscreen media system will be available as standard across the range, and additional equipment will include adaptive cruise control and a 360-degrees parking camera. Safety equipment such as an alert system that can warn the driver if there’s another vehicle in the E-Transit’s blind spots will be offered, too.

One of the most interesting optional features on the new E-Transit will be its on-board power source functionality. With this option added to the spec, the E-Transit will be able to provide up to 2.3kW of power, which Ford says can be used to power tools and other electrical equipment at job sites.

2022 Ford E-Transit price and release date

The Ford E-Transit is set to go on sale in the UK in early 2022. Prices for the E-Transit will be revealed closer to the launch - though expect it to be quite a bit more expensive than the conventionally-powered Ford Transit, which starts at £27,550.

 

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