The E-Transit is ready to ship all across the United States.
Ford has some big news this year regarding electrification, with Mustang Mach-E sales continuing to grow and the F-150 Lightning arriving later in 2022. But the Blue Oval's biggest electrified project (literally) is now rolling off the assembly line and into customer hands. Today the 2022 Ford E-Transit Van begins shipping across the United States from Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant. This is the company's first plant to assemble both batteries and EVs in-house.
Ford is already fulfilling 300 orders for over 10,000 vans from businesses and working on ways to increase production. "E-Transit is a testament to the fact that an electric commercial fleet is no longer a vision of tomorrow, but a productivity-boosting modern reality," said Kumar Galhotra, president of The Americas and International Markets Group for Ford.
The E-Transit starts at under $45,000 and is capable of traveling 126 miles on a charge (in low-roof cargo configuration). It features a 57-kWh battery pack powering a rear-mounted electric motor producing 266 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. Customers can even use the E-Transit as a mobile generator with the Pro Power Onboard feature.
Ford invested $100 million into its Kansas City Assembly Plant, adding approximately 150 full-time jobs to produce the E-Transit. This was part of Ford's larger $30 billion global investment in electrification through 2025. Ford says it will have the global capacity to build 600,000 BEVs annually by late 2023, including the E-Transit, 200,000 Mustang Mach-Es, and 150,000 F-150 Lightning/Lightning Pros.
Ford's customers for the E-Transit range from small businesses like Sheeran Construction in Aston, Pennsylvania, to municipalities like the city of Orlando, Florida. "I completely trust Ford and I am confident the E-Transit will withstand the rigors of my work," said Ryan Sheeran, owner of Sheeran Construction. "I am looking forward to owning my first all-electric vehicle."
Perhaps Ford can sell some of those vans to the USPS who could certainly benefit from a zero-emission fleet. We recently reported that the new USPS vans only achieve 8.6 mpg, barely outmatching the aging existing models. Hey USPS, maybe try giving Ford a call? They already supply components for the new vans, but perhaps an E-Transit would be a better idea.