It's the smaller electric delivery van that probably won't come to the US.
Say hello to the 2024 Ford E-Transit Courier, a smaller alternative to the E-Transit Cargo Van that's currently sold in the USA. The Courier is one of seven Ford EVs planned by 2024, including an upcoming Puma EV and the recently revealed Explorer based on a Volkswagen platform.
Ford says the electric version will not go into production until "later in 2024," but the gas and diesel Courier variants will be open to order this summer with deliveries slated to begin by the end of 2023. This small van will be built at Ford's Craiova factory in Romania, and there are no plans to bring it stateside. That's a shame because it looks like a nice little delivery van for small businesses.
The E-Transit Courier uses a single electric motor on the front axle producing 134 horsepower. For a comparison, the full-size E-Transit has a rear-mounted electric motor with 266 hp. Of course, the E-Transit is much larger to suit American delivery needs. Top speed on the Courier is limited to just 90 mph, something that is not an issue in Europe but would likely anger American van drivers who like to drive above the speed limit. Ford didn't share the battery size, but says it is targeting an 11 kW AC overnight home charge speed, meaning a full charge will take 5.7 hours. On a DC charger, it can rejuice at 100 kW, good for 54 miles in 10 minutes or 10-80% charge in 35 minutes.
Customers will receive two years of complimentary access to the BlueOval Charge Network, which will have 500,000 public chargers by 2024 (it doesn't specify which countries are included in this count). Anyone who orders five or more will also get access to Pro E-Telematics, which shows charging status, vehicle-specific state of charge, and remaining range with low range alerts.
Ford says the E-Transit Courier's new body allowed it to increase load capacity in all dimensions, meaning it is the first compact van that can carry two Euro pallets. A new load-through bulkhead feature allows owners to slide longer items into the passenger compartment by folding down the passenger sat. The interior itself looks pretty nice for a van with dual 12-inch displays for the gauge cluster and center touchscreen. Few details were shared about the gas and diesel versions but the photos confirm that a manual transmission will be offered.
No pricing is available yet but Ford teased a few options, including van and double-cab-in-van body styles, and high-trim models such as the Limited and Active. If we are lucky, maybe Ford will bring a version to the US as the next Transit Connect.
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