We don't have long to wait.
Ford has been investing heavily in electric vehicles. This much is clear thanks to the fact that the brand decided to give its most iconic name to the Mustang Mach-E. Then there's the electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 that is capable of clocking eight seconds on the quarter-mile. As interesting as those two vehicles are, the truth is that less interesting commercial vehicles are where the real money lies. This is why Ford is developing an electric F-150 and has promised to bring us an electric Ford Transit too. Now, thanks to a statement in the company's third-quarter earnings report, we can confirm that the electrified van will arrive in November.
Based on how popular the regular Transit already is, it should come as no surprise that Ford wants to cash in on the name. Thus far, we've had little more than a teaser of the vehicle but we do know that it will arrive as a 2022 model and will retain the traditional Transit's silhouette, although some defining characteristics will help onlookers spot the electric variant. It will also be offered in various configurations, including cargo van, cutaway, and chassis cab. There will also be three different roof heights and three body lengths, as is expected of commercial van offerings.
In terms of safety equipment, the electric Transit will include forward collision detection with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, post-collision braking, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams. We expect that more will be available as part of the options list. Jim Farley, Ford's CEO, said that the company believes that "the addressable market for a fully electric commercial van and pickup... are going to be massive."
We'll doubtless know more about the vehicle soon, but with Ford investing $11.5 billion in electrification through 2022, this certainly won't be the last electric vehicle we see from Ford - commercial or otherwise.