Ford E-Transit undergoes international trials ahead of 2022 launch
The new all-electric variant of the Ford Transit is being tested by fleets to understand how it performs in real-world conditions
Ford has launched customer trials of its new all-electric E-Transit ahead of the zero-emission van’s launch next year.
The van will be tested by fleets in the postal, municipal, utilities, last mile, and grocery delivery sectors to understand how it performs in real-world conditions.
A variety of models are being tested, including chassis cab conversions with box van, refrigerated box, tipper and dropside bodies.
A total of 10 E-Transit prototypes are being tested in the UK, Germany, and Norway, with a key focus being to assess real-world range, particularly when carrying loads.
The trials mark the latest phase in Ford’s development of the new E-Transit and will last between six months and a year.
The new E-Transit features the same fixtures and fittings developed for existing Transit models to support fleet transition to zero-emission alternatives.
Ford previously ran trials of the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid, during which a cross-section of city-based customers covered over 150,000 miles and found they could operate in zero-emission mode for 75% of their mileage when in central London.
The expanding emission-free range comes as the government finalises proposals to abolish the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans, starting in 2030.
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