The All-Electric Ford E-Transit Panel Van: The Complete Guide For The UK

Ford E-Transit Panel Van
Price: £44,945 + VAT
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Panel Van
Battery size: 68 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 196 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Michigan based, Ford Motor Company, the US automotive manufacturer, stepped firmly into the fast evolving electric vehicle (EV) race with the unveiling of its ‘new breed of Mustang’, the all-electric Mustang Mach-e sport utility vehicle (SUV), ahead of the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Mustang Mach-e is part of the US$11.5 billion Ford investment into electrification by 2022.  The company aims to become a leader in clean transportation and become carbon-neutral by 2030. Ford is committed to the development of passenger and commercial electric vehicles (EVs).



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The All-Electric Ford E-Transit Panel Van


The family of Ford Transit commercial vehicles have been manufactured since 1965. The vehicle is now in its fourth-generation. The battery-electric vehicle (BEV) variant was announced in 2021, with production commencing at the Kansas City plant later that year.

The E-Transit is available in a number of configurations, to include: a panel van, double cab-in-van and single chassis. The panel van is available in 3 GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) options (3.5, 3.9 and 4.25 tonne). It is also available in three length (L2, L3, L4) and two height (H2, H3). The L2 is the medium wheelbase, the L3 is the long wheelbase, and the L4 is the long wheelbase extended length. H2 is the medium roof and the H3 is the high roof. The EV is available in 25 different configurations!

The pure electric E-Transit panel van is available in one EV battery size: 68 kWh. The e-van has an emission-free electric range up to 196 miles (WLTP) on a full battery charge (depending on the variant). Of course, the real-world electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: payload, driving profile, weather conditions, onboard services used etc.

Expect a real-world e-range closer to 165 miles. For last mile deliveries this range is certainly more than adequate. Like in electric cars, the onboard EV battery is placed below the floor of the van, increasing available space and of course lowering the centre of gravity. It is also worth noting that the range is further impacted by the increased weight of the onboard EV battery. The gross vehicle weight of the EV is up to 2,710 kgs.

The manufacturer offers DC charging up to 115 kW DC, which is a faster DC charging capability, compared to some of the other electric vans currently on the market. Charging the electric van at 115 kW DC, the EV battery can achieve 80% charge in 34 minutes.

Ford has incorporated a three-phase (11 kW) onboard AC charger with the EV. This is indeed good, as commercial electric vehicles can take advantage of three-phase EV charging at the business premise. Using a dedicated three-phase EV charger, the EV battery can be fully charged in 8 hours. Single-phase (7.4 kW) EV charging will take up to 12 hours.

In any case, we at e-zoomed encourage a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric vehicle. This is beneficial for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery and of course, EV charging times are shorter. Ford offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty.

In terms of performance, the rear-wheel drive (RWD) Ford E-Transit delivers a maximum power up to 269 PS and 430 Nm torque. The Ford electric van also incorporates regenerative braking to improve the efficiency of the EV and increase electric range. The e-van has an ‘Eco Mode’ to extend the range. While in Eco mode, the acceleration rate and top speed are limited. It also reduces the power for climate control. The Eco mode improves energy use by up to 10%.

The electric van offers decent cargo volume (up to 15.1 m3) and payload (up to 1,035 kg). The EV offers 3 seats. The manufacturer offers a host of technology and features with the e-van, to include: Pro Power Onboard (vehicle-to-device charging. An on-board socket provides up to 2.3 kW of power for your tools without carrying a generator), lane-Keeping alert, cruise control with adjustable speed limiter, pre-collision assist with intelligent emergency brake assist, keyless start and more.

The Ford E-Transit is eligible for the UK government plug-in van grant for the ‘large vans’ category. These vehicles are between 2,500kg and 4,250kg gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all. The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £5,000.

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PROS CONS
Practical electric range V2D not standard
Up to 115 kW DC Charging Only available in one battery size
Three-phase (11 kW) onboard charger Not cheap

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The All-Electric Ford E-Transit Panel Van (credit: Ford)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Panel Van
Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (Multiple)
E-Transit Van (from £44,945 + VAT)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 68 kWh
Charging:115 kW DC rapid charging (15%-80%: 34 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 8 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):2447 – 2778
Width (mm):2474
Length (mm):5531 – 6704
Wheelbase (mm):3300 – 3750
Turning Circle (m):12.23 – 13.69
Cargo Volume (m3):9.5 – 15.1
Payload (kg):790 – 1035

E-Transit
EV Battery Capacity:68 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):196 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 miles):49.4 – 62.8
Charging: 115 kW DC rapid charging (15%-80%: 34 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 8 hrs)
Top Speed:N.A
0-62 mph:N/A
Drive: Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Max Power (PS):184 – 269
Torque (Nm): 430
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:3
Towing Capacity (kg):N/A
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):2,465 – 2,710
Colours:8
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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