By on March 4, 2020

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.

[Image: Ford]

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10 Comments on “Ford Transit Goes Green for 2022...”

  • avatar

    I hope there is a Ludicrous mode ;)

  • avatar

    Since there are no real details on this, I’ll shamelessly derail the thread immediately by noting that I’m looking at a Transit (smallest version) with the EcoBoost V6 as a kind of hot rodded van for general use, dirt bike hauling and winter skiing road trips.

    Ford finally AWD, which is a necessity for me, but DAMMIT, they took away the EcoBoost option from my desired Passenger Van model at the same time?!

  • avatar

    I wonder how much, if any, of this project is related to the agreement between Ford and VW to work together on the commercial vehicle line.

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    Master Baiter

    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.

    • 0 avatar

      I worked as a courier for a local school board during college, and I think the longest route had me driving about 200km in a day. 240 miles is still a good goal, but probably more than most will use.

    • 0 avatar

      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.

  • avatar

    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)

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