Be an electric van
WHAT IT IS: Electric vans have gained public attention, but electric vans are poised to have a much bigger impact globally, as delivery giants like Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and USPS switch from internal combustion to electrical energy. As the electrified version of America’s best-selling minivan, the 2022 Ford E-Transit is poised for immediate success.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT: To meet the needs of commercial buyers (and more environmentally conscious #vanlifers), the E-Transit will come in a dizzying array of combinations, just like its gasoline-powered counterpart. The van variant will be sold in three lengths and three roof heights. Payload will reach a maximum of 3,800 pounds, while cargo capacity will reach a maximum of 487.3 cubic feet, the same as that of the gasoline-powered Transit. Ford also offers a chassis cab and coupe model, but the Crew Van and Passenger Van variants don’t seem to be in the cards initially. Above all, the E-Transit should beat most of its rivals in the market, giving the Blue Oval a leg up in what is bound to be a controversial segment.
PLATFORM AND POWER GROUPS: To be built alongside gasoline transits at the company’s Kansas City, Missouri plant, the E-Transit’s undercarriage will be borrowed from the Mustang Mach-E. A mid-mounted electric motor (!) Developing 266 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque will drive the rear wheels, with power stored in a 67 kWh battery. The batteries and motor are packed under the cargo floor, preserving valuable cargo space. Like the F-150 Hybrid, the E-Transit will be able to function as a mobile generator. Ford says the E-Transit will have a range of around 125 miles, most likely in the more aerodynamic short-roof configuration.
ESTIMATED PRICE: Prices for the E-Transit will start at $ 44,990 for a short-roof, short-wheelbase variant, just $ 1,600 more than a gas-powered Transit (and before any federal, state or local rebates or incentives for electric vehicles). The first pickup trucks that release ahead of a planned launch later this year will be sold to people who will form a pilot program to provide Ford with usage data and troubleshoot last-minute issues.
EXPECTED SALE DATE: Public beta test now; general availability, winter 2021