In 2022, Ford shook the world of electric utility very hard by releasing the e-Transit, becoming overnight the most versatile, comfortable, efficient and powerful in its category. A year later, it is already time to take stock.
Last year, the Ford e-Transit marked a turning point in the world of electric utility by finally freeing itself from the only function of “last mile delivery” which was attributed exclusively to the latter until then. Almost a ton of payload and 9.5 m³ of loading volume for the 3.5 ton L2H2 version is already a good start when it comes to numbers, but it’s the rest of the data sheet that makes the difference.
The e-Transit has indeed generously used the Mustang Mach E’s organ bank with 269 hp and 430 Nm sent to the rear wheels and powered by a battery with a useful capacity of 68 kW, a charge at 11 kW in AC and 115 kW in DC and an announced WLTP autonomy of 317 km. The imminent new generation of Mercedes eSprinter will probably have its say on this subject, but it allows the utility to the oval to act as a current reference in the electric segment, yours truly here present having even been able to move without incident behind the wheel from Paris to Strasbourg last year to convince himself after a nightmarish first attempt in a Peugeot e-Boxer.
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It has now been a year since the first e-Transit hit the road and it can already be considered a historic success since it alone represents 61% of the electric utility market, which is prompting the manufacturer to review its ambitions on the rise, planning to increase annual production to 38,000 units.
In addition, the telemetry of its remarkable Ford Pro program makes it possible to make a first precise statistical assessment of what switching from a thermal utility to an electric represents. Thus, the 6,500 models on the road in the United States and Canada since February 2022 have covered a total of 19 million emission-free kilometers, which has made it possible not to release into the atmosphere the product of the combustion of 2, 8 million liters of diesel. Taking into account its construction, Ford estimates that, over its entire life, the e-Transit will thus have a CO2 footprint reduced by 57% compared to a thermal equivalent.
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