Ford announced that Ford Pro - its commercial products, services and distribution arm - launched a pilot program with the upcoming all-electric Ford E-Transit van.

The plan is to "help companies begin integrating all-electric E-Transit vans into their fleets to evaluate vehicle performance, understand charging solutions and experience advantages of Ford Pro connected software."

The first pre-production vehicles were already deployed with Penske Truck Leasing and National Grid, among the first companies.

The company does not reveal how many businesses participate in the nationwide pilot program nor how many vehicles will be delivered.

"Operating in fleets that span industries such as rental, delivery, service, maintenance, telecom and utilities, these E-Transit pilot vans will give companies the opportunity to experience how battery-powered vehicles coupled with Ford Pro Intelligence and Ford Pro Charging solutions can help improve fleet efficiencies."

Ford E-Transit - Ford Pro pilot program (preproduction vehicle)

According to the press release, Penske plans to evaluate and validate E-Transit van capabilities, driving experience and charging strategy for specific applications, including rentals to small- and medium-sized commercial businesses. It will test the E-Transit in the Reading, Pennsylvania, area.

As we can see, National Grid has selected a low-roof cargo van version. The company explains that it will be tested on regular home meter-reading routes to ensure it can perform the same operations now performed by the company’s gas-powered vehicles.

The series production of the Ford E-Transit will start by the end of this year, alongside the Transit at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant.

The vehicle will be available in a total of eight configurations, including a cargo van with three roof heights and three lengths, plus chassis cab and cutaway versions.

The 67 kWh battery pack (usable capacity) is expected to offer a range of 126 miles (203 km) in the low-roof cargo van variant. The bigger and heavier versions most likely will have lower range, but Ford assumes that it will still be enough for daily use in many applications.

The first Ford E-Transit will arrive at dealerships in early 2022, but according to a recent update, the electric van is "sold out", which probably means that the entire production allocated for 2021 is already reserved. The prices start below $45,000.

Gallery: Ford E-Transit

Ford E-Transit specs:

  • range of 126 miles (203 km) in the low-roof cargo van variant
    the range rating in Europe is up to 349 km (217 miles) WLTP
  • usable battery capacity of 67 kWh (LG Chem cells)
  • payload target: up to 3,800 pounds (1,724 kg) for cargo van and up to 4,290 pounds (1,946) for cutaway versions
  • up to 487.3 cubic feet of cargo space inside the high-roof, extended-wheelbase variant
  • rear-wheel drive
  • electric motor output: 198 kW (266 hp) and 430 Nm (317 lb.-ft.) of torque
    200 kW according to some press releases
  • AC charging: in around 8 hours
    in Europe, it will be equipped with a 11.3 kW on-board charger
  • DC charging: up to 115 kW (15–80% in 34 minutes)
  • Pro Power Onboard - a 2.4 kW electric outlet (2.3 kW according to some press releases)
  • three roof heights and three body lengths, as well as in cargo, cutaway and chassis cab versions
  • comes backed with an eight-year, 100,000-mile electric vehicle component warranty
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