Review of the new Ford E-Transit 2022

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Verdict

The Ford E-Transit is a game-changer in the electric van market. It’s based on one of the best large vans available, while the combination of a relatively long range, competitive prices that undercut rivals by at least £11,000 and a variety of van sizes and conversions means there should be a model suitable for most needs. . The promised technical support from the Ford Pro Network is just the icing on the cake.

The arrival of the new Ford E-Transit marks a new era for the company. The launch of a new Transit is always a big event in the world of minivans, but this electrified model is Ford’s next step in its electrification plans.

While we’ve seen plenty of rival electric vans before, the E-Transit aims to set new standards for what we can expect from these models. Its arrival also marks the launch of Ford Pro, the company’s new approach to pickup truck ownership, which offers not just the pickup truck, but the software and technical support businesses need to keep their fleets on the road.

More on that later, first the E-Transit itself. The electric van takes the diesel model as its starting point, but replaces the engine, gearbox and transmission with electrified running gear. This first component is an engine taken from the Mustang Mach-E SUV, which can be had with 181 hp or a slightly ridiculous 265 hp (that’s about 20 hp more than a Golf GTI). It’s connected to a 68kWh battery built into the Transit’s sturdy ladder frame chassis, while the space under the hood is taken up by electronics that control the transmission and other on-board systems.

The E-Transit has a claimed maximum range of 196 miles from a fully charged battery, while a 115kW power system means the pack can be brought down to 80% capacity in as little as 34 minutes from a sufficiently powerful charger. Charging is via a CCS socket in the nose, below the E-Transit’s large Ford badge in the middle of a grille with blue chrome trim accents.

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Adding a battery-powered powertrain to the Transit has created the best electric van we’ve ever driven. We tried the less powerful version, and it was quiet and refined, but the rear-mounted electric motor packs enough punch to make the E-Transit feel off the line quickly. There’s also plenty of power to tackle big payloads; our van had a maximum capacity of almost a ton. Cabin comfort is good, although like many minivans this size, the ride is even better when there’s some payload on board.

There’s adaptive energy recovery, although the system is a bit fiddly to use. You can either select the workout or press the “L” button in the center of the rotary workout selector to add more resistance. However, Ford also offers an intermediate level of recovery if you press the brake pedal briefly. However, it does not choose this setting permanently, and most drivers will be happy with the two standard levels offered.

Our only other real gripe with the E-Transit, and it’s a minor one, is the electric parking brake: it would be one less thing to worry about if it activated automatically when selecting Park, rather than have to trigger it manually.

A high driving position, large mirrors and plenty of cabin storage add to the everyday appeal of the E-Transit, while Ford offers a range of options that make it even more appealing. Ford’s latest SYNC4 12-inch touchscreen setup – as seen in the facelifted Focus – is available as an (albeit expensive) option, while technologies such as adaptive cruise control, climate control and a host of electronic driving aids are offered. There’s also the option of fitting a 230-volt three-pin socket in the charging area, running off the main battery – potentially useful for running off-grid power tools.

The new Ford Pro service also adds what we believe is another level of user-friendliness to E-Transit. Pro is short for Productivity, and Ford describes it as an “end-to-end” service that helps companies manage their fleets. It is available for small or large businesses, whether using electric, diesel or even non-Ford vehicles, and provides support for charging infrastructure and vehicle maintenance.

Model: Ford E-Transit L3H3 350 135kW Trend
Price: £49,935 (excluding VAT)
Powertrain : Single electric motor, 68 kWh lithium-ion battery
Power/torque: 181 hp/430 Nm
Transmission: Single-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
0-80% load: 34 min (115 kW DC)
Vary: 196 miles
Payload: 955kg
On sale: Now
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