Ford is developing an all-electric version of the popular Ford Transit cargo van. This version is scheduled to be launched in 2022, initially only for the U.S. and Canada. However, Ford previously announced an electric Transit model for the European market in 2019.
The all-electric Transit will be offered in a variety of configurations, including cargo van, cutaway, chassis cab, with three body lengths and three roof heights. It is stated that the new cargo van will arrive with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices and equipped with a range of features for cargo transportation services. These features include built-in GPS and other vehicle diagnostics tools.
In addition, the van will be equipped with driving assistance functions such as Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking plus Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Post-Collision Braking, Lane-Keeping System, and auto high-beam headlamps. Smart technology built into the all-electric Transit helps to optimize fleet efficiency and reduce waste, as well as improve driver behavior by providing insights into operator performance.
The company has not yet shared any information about the battery size, range, autonomy, or other characteristics that indicate the performance of the van.
Being already extremely popular and known to the public, it is an excellent bet for Ford to take this model and launch it in an electric version. Most automakers are all betting on electric car technology, a trend that many say started with Tesla.