Ford Transit Goes Green for 2022

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
ford transit goes green for 2022

It doesn’t come as a surprise, what with Ford’s concerted push in this direction. Nevertheless, Ford Motor Company announced late Tuesday that its Transit van, most often seen wearing a gleaming, sterile shade of white, will soon don a cloak of green.

The Blue Oval aims to be the first major player in the electric commercial vehicles market.

“Commercial vehicles are a critical component to our big bet on electrification,” said newy minted chief operating officer Jim Farley in a statement. “As leaders in this space, we are accelerating our plans to create solutions that help businesses run better, starting with our all-electric Transit and F-150. This Ford Transit isn’t just about creating an electric drivetrain, it’s about designing and developing a digital product that propels fleets forward.”

The Transit EV’s foray to the U.S. and Canada wasn’t unexpected, given Ford’s pledge of a Transit EV for Europe in 2021. Last year, the automaker introduced a plug-in hybrid variant of the overseas Transit Custom midsize van.

Aimed at urban fleets making last-mile deliveries, the Transit EV makes more sense than, say, an electric version of a vehicle that spends most of its time hauling heavy loads on the highway. The upcoming eco-rig will boast the Ford Telematics modem and Ford Data Services tools made available to drivers and fleet operators for 2020.

What remains a mystery is just how much range an operator can expect from this American-made model. Ford isn’t hazarding a guess. Regardless, it looks to be a big push, with the automaker promising cargo van, cutaway, and chassis cab variants. Three roof heights and three body lengths will be on offer.

The Transit just wrapped up its best year to date, with U.S. sales rising 11.7 percent in 2019. Its baby brother, the Transit Connect, also posted a healthy gain, rising 30.3 percent.

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  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Mar 04, 2020

    Assuming an average speed of 30 MPH, an 8 hour shift would need 240 miles of range. Probably looking at a battery pack of around 120 KWh.

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    • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Mar 05, 2020

      30 mph is what an average car does in average everyday driving. In delievery service the average speed is much much slower in many cases. So figure 15 mph max so you only need 120 miles of range.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Mar 04, 2020

    We can rest assured 100% that this product will launch exactly on time and have zero software issues. And now for the TTAC snark comment: "Great plan, if I want to haul 5 ounces for a distance of 4 feet." (Keeping cynical ammo dry for the future perfect storm of Ford + Electric + Cargo + Autonomous)

  • Syke Son of a Chevrolet dealer back then, grew up in the showroom. To this day, I cannot get the appeal of the '57 Chevy, must less it being the poster car of the rock and roll Fifties. The '55 was gorgeous, the '56 wasn't hurt too badly by the dealer-demanded restyle (full width grilles were in style, and the '55 didn't have one, so the dealers panicked), but the '57? A bad attempt to keep up with Ford and Plymouth, redeemed only by the continuation of the Tri-Five build quality (exceptional for it's day) while the '57 Ford and Plymouth turned out to be rust buckets.$35,000? No. Freaking. Way.Oh, by the way, that was the year Ford outsold Chevy for the first time since pre-WWII. Style was everything back then. As the son of the Ford dealer (in my grade school class) was more than happy to remind me constantly.All was redeemed by 1958. Even if the '58's weren't as well built as a Tri-Fives.
  • Pianoboy57 Green is my favorite color but I never owned an actual green car. Then I got a Subaru Outback in Wilderness green.
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