Ford is planning to unveil the all-electric version of its popular Transit delivery van on 12th November 2020. But the vehicle won’t go into production until 2021. But Ford is positive that an expected wave of new battery-powered delivery vans will help it stay ahead.
The company is expected to share specifics about the van’s battery pack size, estimated range, and other performance characteristics at the unveiling. One metric that buyers will look forward to is the range, as delivery vans need to stay on the road for as long as possible in order to make the most money.
Ford had previously teased the electric Transit van, also announcing one for the European market in 2019. The automaker at the time revealed the name of the new vehicle as E-Transit.
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“The world – and the way we power our vehicles – is changing. It’s why the time is right for a new type of Transit, something that remains the backbone of commercial business while serving both our community and the environment,” Ford said in a statement.
One advantage for Ford is that its Transit van is the bestselling cargo van in the US. Even more popular than Mercedes-Benz’s popular Sprinter van. Its E-Transit will also get some competition in the delivery van space.
Amazon recently revealed its first all-electric delivery vehicle built by EV startup Rivian, Mercedes-Benz unveiled an electric version of its Sprinter van and GM is working on an electric delivery van, codenamed BV1. Ford is also in partnership with Volkswagen on commercial vans after forming a global alliance in 2019.
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