Table of Contents
- How much does a Ford E-Transit cost?
- What are the pros and cons of the Ford E-Transit?
- Breaking down the range estimates of Ford’s electric van
- How long does it take to charge a Ford E-Transit?
- Three models, three lengths, and three roof heights
- What is the best version of the Ford E-Transit?
- What makes the Ford E-Transit special?
- How the Ford E-Transit compares to its rivals
- The booming future of commercial EVs
- As cars evolve, so does insurance
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Ford E-Transitvan is the first all-electric vehicle to join Ford’s lineup of fleet vehicles, joining a growing number of electrified commercial vehicles throughout its respective market. While the traditional Transit has remained a staple in the
Fordfamily since 1965, its first all-electric version wasn’t introduced until May of 2021, alongside the ever-popular
Ford F-150 Lightning.
The Ford E-Transit van looks to help transform the world of last mile deliveries into the all-electric era. Join
Jerryas we dive into the details of this nascent commercial EV.
Ford E-Transit at a glance:
- Price: $50,185-$55,690 (Can go higher with added features)
- Range: 108-126 miles (EPA est.)
- Availability: Currently available in three different customizable models.
- Quick take: While the initial range may not be anything to write home about, the modularity of this all-electric van backed by Ford Pro infrastructure makes it a viable option for the commercial fleet industry.
How much does a Ford E-Transit cost?
The Ford E-Transit is currently available in three separate models, each of which can be customized to match a given customer’s needs. The lowest-priced 'Cutaway' trim currently starts at an MSRP of $46,295 and can go as high as $55,690 with the high roof and extended length.
With two additional E-transit models, Ford offers plenty of options to meet its fleet customer EV needs.
Electrek, the Ford E-Transit currently qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax credit. It’s important to note however, that the
federal creditqualifies your E-Transit purchase for up to $7,500 based on your annual income. As a commercial EV, the E-Transit may qualify for additional credits at the state level too.
What are the pros and cons of the Ford E-Transit?
Pro: Commercial grade performance
While it does not offer the power and torque of a heavy-duty electric delivery truck, the E-Transit offers more than adequate specs, whether it’s as a van or a chassis. As a last mile delivery vehicle (which it was designed for) the E-Transit can haul more than enough cargo around town, cleanly and efficiently.
- Maximum payload: 3,330-4,428 lbs
- Maximum GVWR (Cargo): 9,500 lbs
- Maximum torque: 317 lb-ft
- Maximum horsepower/kilowatt hour: 266/198 hp/kW
Another huge perk of the E-Transit is its ability to suit a number of different uses for commercial customers. The Van model has the option for three different lengths and heights, while the cutaway and chassis cab models allow even more freedom to haul whatever you want on Ford’s all-electric platform.
Con: Limited range
As you’ll see below, the biggest con for commercial customers of the Ford E-Transit is its limited range.
That being said,
Ford points outthat the average daily range from commercial vans in the US is 74 miles—so the E-Transit can provide that and then some, all while transporting over 3,300 lbs of cargo.
Breaking down the range estimates of Ford’s electric van
As we just discussed, range is not the main selling point of the Ford E-Transit. That being said, it’s important to know how much or how little each model offers.
All three models of the E-Transit utilize the same single-motor powertrain powered by a 68 kWh battery pack. As previously mentioned, that setup delivers 266 horsepower and 317 lb-ft torque.
That’s by no means the type of electrified power you’re going to want to take to the track, but certainly more than enough to haul thousands of pounds of cargo around town.
Here’s how the range breaks down:
EPA Estimated Range
Extended Chassis Cab
How long does it take to charge a Ford E-Transit?
With a battery pack on the smaller size for a vehicle its size, the Ford E-Transit requires less time to recharge, enabling fleet owners to get the EV back on roads working.
Here are the targeted charge speeds according to
Type of Charger
10-80% Recharge Time
Level 3 Fast Charger (150 kW charge rate)
Level 3 Charger (50 kW charge rate)
Ford Charge Station Pro (Level 2 Charger)
Standard Level 2 Charger
Three models, three lengths, and three roof heights
As promised, we have dug deeper into each of the available variations of the Ford E-Transit, highlighting some of the differences between them. Have a look:
*Note—MSRPs may vary and do not include additional taxes, destination, or delivery fees.
Ford E-Transit Cutaway
- Starting MSRP - $46,295
- Includes standard 16-inch steel wheels with silver wheel covers
- Comes with Pro Power Onboard available as a $950 add-on
- Note: Top speed governed to 75 mph on Cutaway model
Ford E-Transit Chassis Cab
- Starting MSRP - $46,825
- Same as above including 12-inch display and Standard SYNC 4 with voice recognition
- Tinted rear glass, Vinyl seats and floor coverings standard (upgrades available)
- Note: Top speed governed to 75 mph on Chassis Cab model
Ford E-Transit Van
Low Roof, Regular Length
- Starting MSRP - $50,185
- Same features above plus potential for a slew of additional add-ons including: Pro Power Onboard, Reverse Brake Assist, hinged side door, keyless entry keypad, and rear view camera
- Van comes available in three different lengths and roof heights
Low Roof, Long Length
- Starting MSRP - $51,395
Medium Roof, Regular Length
- Starting MSRP - $51,280
Medium Roof, Long Length
- Starting MSRP - $52,490
High Roof, Long Length
- Starting MSRP - $54,530
High Roof, Extended Length
- Starting MSRP - $55,690
What is the best version of the Ford E-Transit?
What model and design layout of the Ford E-Transit is best varies by the intended use and cargo needs of each
commercial fleet customer.
For that reason, it’s tough to recommend a specific version, given that this is not a traditional passenger EV. One thing to note though is that lower roof heights give you more estimated range, so make sure you by the right height for your needs.
What makes the Ford E-Transit special?
Pro Power Onboard
Similar to some of its newer passenger EVs, Ford’s Pro Power Onboard could offer E-Transit drivers the potential for additional power on the go, wherever they are. This technology is essentially an onboard generator that delivers 2.4 kW of power inside the van.
E-Transit van configurations with Pro Power Onboard include a 12V outlet, but the Cutaway and Chassis Cab models include a secondary outlet and harness in the vehicle dunnage.
A general feature on the Ford E-Transit is not only the modularity we have already noted, but its ability for customization. The starting MSRPs above are merely the starting point for commercial customers.
Each model has the potential for dozens of add-ons throughout the EV, whether it’s the exterior, interior, software upgrades or advanced driver assistance systems.
How the Ford E-Transit compares to its rivals
As we previously mentioned, the electric last mile delivery segment of EVs is rapidly growing, and there are a number of competitors out there around the globe.
Some current competitors of the Ford E-Transit are the Zevo vans built by GM’s BrightDrop,
Rivian’s electric van built for Amazon, and the Arrival Van which will soon be hitting roads stateside.
Since these are commercial EVs designed for fleets, it’s tough to compare pricing because many of the other automakers will offer deals for large quantities of vehicles purchased by a given customer.
Furthermore, Rivian will eventually sell its electric van to other customers, but its priority right now is to deliver the 100,000 vans promised to the online marketplace behemoth Amazon as part of a $700 million investment in the American automaker to get its EVs into production.
Arrival is a UK-based commercial vehicle developer that has begun implementing manufacturing facilities on US soil to bring its electric vans and buses to American customers. Again those prices are not available since the Van has not reached scaled production yet, but it is on track to begin assembly in Charlotte, North Carolina in Q4 of 2022.
The booming future of commercial EVs
The Ford E-Transit is just one of dozens of new commercial EVs hitting the market in the US and beyond, each varying in size, cargo capacity and everyday usage.
As a last-mile delivery van, the E-Transit should be able to hold its own out there, but competition is stiff, and lining up the right fleet customers will be key.
BrightDrop already has FedEx and Walmart as customers, while Amazon has Rivian. As you can see, some of the largest companies in the world are going all-electric, so expect this wave of electrified commercialization to continue.
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