Ford unveils all-new E-Transit Custom commercial EV van 'smartphone on wheels'

Ford unveils all-new E-Transit Custom commercial EV van ‘smartphone on wheels’

At the Hannover IAA Transportation event, Ford unveiled new features and specifications for its all-new E Transit Custom, an all-electric commercial van, or what the automaker calls a “smartphone on wheels.”

Since the launch of E-Transit, Ford has quickly become a leader in commercial electric vehicles. According to Ford’s August sales report, the E-Transit had more than 90% market share, with nearly 4,000 units sold in 2022.

Ford is also the number one commercial brand in Europe for its seventh year. The automaker says its new E-Transit Custom is a “transformed icon” for the modern era of transportation, combining work and play.

The automaker is making the switch to electric vehicles as easy as possible for customers, offering a full suite of services to improve uptime, service and productivity to improve mobile working lives.

The E-Transit is a “game changer” in the commercial electric vehicle space, as Ford Pro, the automaker’s suite of commercial products, provides a “one-stop-shop” for all commercial needs such as software, top-up, services and financing, all wrapped up in one convenient package that users can manage under one account.

Ford’s new E-Transit Custom is designed to accelerate business productivity, taking Europe’s best-selling commercial van and “making it better in every way” to meet all the needs of small and large businesses.

Ford has been told it needs to build a “no-compromise” commercial electric van off the shelf, and the new E-Transit Custom delivers. With tools to stay connected and improve productivity, it’s what Ford calls “a smartphone on wheels.”

Custom Ford E-Transit Source: Ford

Ford introduces innovative features and specifications for its E-Transit Custom

At the event, Ted Cannis, CEO of Ford Pro, and Martin Sander, Managing Director of Ford of Europe, spoke about the benefits of the new Ford E-Transit Custom. In particular, they discussed the features that make E-Transit ideal for companies looking to upgrade their mobile operations while reducing emissions. For instance:

  • Built-in Pro power supply delivers 2.3 kW of power, enough for a mobile job site without the need for a separate generator.
  • Ford Pro Charging can be scheduled anytime from anywhere to stay charged and ready to go.
  • 5G connectivity keeps owners connected while on the go.
  • mobile office features include a tilt steering wheel to place a laptop or to lay flat and use as a desk, and the electric work van also has a 13-inch touchscreen.
  • Delivery assistance performs replicated tasks such as closing windows and locking cabin doors to save time.
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Mobile workstation powered by Ford E-Transit Custom Source: Ford

The E-Transit will have a WLTP range of 380 km (about 236 miles) with a maximum of 214 horsepower and 415 Nm (about 306 lb-ft) of torque. Production will begin in 2023 at a modernized Ford Otosan plant in Turkey.

Customers switching to Ford’s new electric van can save up to an hour a day with its new capabilities, according to the automaker.

Ford says the E-Transit Custom will continue to improve with over-the-air software updates. They also claim that the new electric van will “convince customers to switch to electric vehicles”. Although the automaker will also offer hybrid and gasoline versions for the time being.

Electrek’s Grasp

Ford’s new E-Transit Custom is part mobile office, part delivery assistant and part smartphone on wheels. More importantly, it emits zero emissions and can save businesses time and money.

Transportation is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases and needs capable options. As Ford puts it, the E-Transit Custom is a “no compromise” electric commercial van. In fact, it’s an upgrade in many ways. I expect that, like Ford’s other commercial electric vehicles, the Custom will be in high demand.

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