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Ford begins European Electric Transit tests

In conjunction with various partner companies, Ford has just announced the start of European tests for its Electric Transit.

Already available in a plug-in hybrid version, the Ford Transit will soon be available in a 100% electric version. Named e-Transit, it has just entered its final phase of development with the launch of a European testing program.

Home deliveries, postal services, communities, etc., Ford’s electric utility will be used on a daily basis by several partner companies in Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom. Assembled in Dunton, UK, the prototype vehicles will include different variations: covered vans, tippers, refrigerated bodies, etc. One way for the manufacturer to validate the operation and performance of his electric utility on several configurations.

Up to 350 km of autonomy

Hosted by a 200 kW electric unit, the e-Transit will offer an identical surface to the diesel versions. In payload, it can carry up to 1,616 kg on the van versions and 1,967 kg on the chassis-cab versions. Accumulating 67 kWh, the battery allows an autonomy of 350 km in WLTP cycle.

In terms of prices, the manufacturer does not yet give an indication. In the TCO approach, however, it promises a 40% saving compared to diesel models.

In Europe, the commercial launch of the electric Ford Transit is scheduled for spring 2022.

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