Ford has unveiled details of their new E-Transit electric van.

The 2022 E-Transit is Ford’s first fully electric vehicle designed for commercial purposes. The Detroit automaker looks to increase its dominance in the van market. The E-Transit is scheduled to go into production in late 2021 and will have a starting cost of $46,000. Ford says the new E-Transit will get up to 126 miles on a single battery charge.

The E-Transit will be built at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri. It will be offered in three configurations, with three roof heights and three body lengths. That should give business owners a variety of options to match their specific needs. It also will come with an optional Pro Power Onboard mobile generator — the same one debuting on the 2021 F-150.

Ford said the E-Transit’s electric motor will produce a targeted 266 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque across all configurations. It’s targeting a maximum payload of 3,800 pounds, or up to 4,290 pounds on cutaway versions.

Ford’s Fleet Focus

In addition to the E-Transit, Ford has unveiled a host of new telematics and software features. They are meant to help fleet owners track and analyze vehicle data in order to reduce operation costs. It’s part of a renewed focus on commercial vehicles under Ford’s new CEO Jim Farley.

Scheduled maintenance costs will be 40% lower for the E-Transit, Ford claims. That’s compared to a gas model over eight years and 100,000 miles. Increased uptime from not having to stop to refuel should improve efficiency as well. The company will sell an at-home charging station that can fully charge the van in eight hours.

Ford currently has a dominant 45% share of the U.S. commercial vehicle space with its gasoline-powered vans and pick-up trucks. It has a network of 645 commercial vehicle centers in the country. Through October of this year, sales of the gas-powered Transit vans were down nearly 21% to 106,073.

Source: Ford

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