Ford opens E-Transit registration and lowers initial price
Ford opened its website for “hand raisers” on Tuesday to show interest in learning more about the E-Transit, the company’s first all-electric van, before order banks open by July. .
In addition to the check-in site, E-Transit has updated its pricing, with a targeted starting MSRP of $ 43,295 for the coupe – lower than originally advertised – to $ 52,690 for the long-wheelbase roof-top van. raised, Ford notes.
To date, more than 450 commercial customers in North America, including 200 leading fleets and fleet management companies, have expressed interest in purchasing the all-new E-Transit.
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The demand for fully electric vans is increasing. Ford data shows that in the United States, 70% of the full-size bus and van business will be fully electric by 2030, representing more than 300,000 vehicles per year and a significant opportunity for the The country’s leading brand of commercial vans.
The vehicle offers eight configurations, including a van with three roof heights and three lengths, as well as chassis cab and sectional models, lending themselves to a wide range of applications. Preliminary conversations with commercial customers indicate a healthy mix of demand in all eight configurations, with around 40% leaning towards high-roof vans and 60% towards mid-roof, low-roof, sectional and chassis cab versions. , according to Ford.
“We had so much interest early on that we wanted to open this check-in site to serve customers with a build suit to suit their needs in all van body styles,” said Ted Cannis, General Manager North American business activities. “Some customers want high-roof vans to maximize internal cargo space, while others need to install bodies on cutaways and chassis cabs. Customers will have a fully electric solution – from delivery of dump trucks to utility vans to fit parking structures and everything in between. “
Internal data shows early order metrics favor the delivery segment – ranging from wholesale to parcels, groceries to spare parts – with many other vocations in the lift group looking to pull built on the versatility of the E-Transit, Ford reports. These include equipment rental; local, state and federal government agencies; utility services; and telecommunications. Customers also have shared plans to use E-Transit for RVs, school buses, auto service, carpet cleaning, service vans, and other commercial applications. More unusual applications offered include armored transport, blood donation units, and prisoner transport.
Customers can register on the new E-Transit registration site at Fleet.Ford.com to view the Targeted Starting MSRP and Targeted Range for all E-Transit van configurations. Customers can also indicate their desired versions and receive the latest news on E-Transit, including a notification when order banks open. No deposit or commitment to purchase is required.
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“Customers should be delighted to see that the starting price is well below what we announced at the E-Transit unveiling in November,” said Cannis. “We want to make these products accessible and turnkey because, as the trusted leader that we are today, we know that customers need electrical products that are right for their business, and not the other way around. And E-Transit can still help reduce operating costs compared to gas-only vans. “
The zero-emission E-Transit was designed using 30 million kilometers of customer telematics data showing the average commercial pickup truck drives 74 miles per day, notes Ford. With a usable battery capacity of 67 kilowatt hours, the low-roof E-Transit minivan has a targeted range of 126 miles..
Available Pro Power Onboard turns E-Transit into a mobile generator with up to 2.4 kilowatts of power available to help customers use and charge jobsite tools ranging from belt sanders to miter saws. When paired with an activated standard built-in modem, the standard SYNC 4 provides connected solutions that unlock software subscriptions to help fleets manage load transactions, telematics services and more.
E-Transit offers the same cargo dimensions and standard mounting points as the gasoline van so fleets can continue to use the same rigs, racks, bins and accessories they now have while taking advantage of uptime improvements. and productivity delivered by electric powertrain, new software solutions and Pro Power Onboard options.
Potential savings are expected from day one, as scheduled eight-year / 100,000-mile maintenance costs are expected to be 40% lower than the gasoline-powered Transit, based on recommended service schedules published in 2019 owner’s manuals. and 2020. E-Transit is supported by 645 Ford Commercial Vehicle Center dealers across the United States, about 90% of which are certified for electric vehicles, according to the company.
This summer, Ford is rolling out a pilot program in which key customers test the electric van in a variety of business use cases. More information on the driver will be available at a later date.
E-Transit, the first all-electric van from a full-service automaker in North America, is part of Ford’s more than $ 22 billion investment in electrification through 2025. The all-new Mustang Mach- All-electric E is on sale now, E-Transit is available later this year, and the all-electric F-150 hits dealerships in 2022.
This article originally appeared on Trailer / Body Builders.