Update: ‘Production & Sales’ section updated.
The Ford electric vehicle in this story is not a passenger car. It’s an electric workhorse that goes about its duties silently. The 2022 Ford E-Transit is the brand’s fourth fully electric model, following the Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, and F-150 Lightning Pro. Eight different configurations are available on the Ford E-Transit electric van, making it the only one of its kind to offer so many variants.
Here’s everything we know about the electric van:
Ford hasn’t gone out of its way in making the E-Transit scream that it’s a zero-emissions vehicle. The van appears near-identical to its ICE-powered version, barring the grille. The sizeable hexagonal mesh grille on the ICE has been replaced with a three-slat grille, with each of the grille slabs painted blue to convey its electric underpinnings. The grille houses the charging port, and that’s about it. There are no other design changes on the electric iteration.
There are three roof heights to choose from; low, medium, and high. A person up to 6 ft 9 inches can stand inside the cargo bay in the high-roof model. The medium roof can accommodate a six-foot-tall person, while the low roof model has been designed to fit tight parking spaces with low ceilings. There are three body styles: Cargo Van, Chassis Cab, and Cutaway. Moreover, the Ford E-Transit body styles can be had in three lengths: regular, long, and extended. The extended E-Transit is a whopping 44 inches longer than the standard version and 28.4 inches longer than the long model.
There’s extensive personalization offered by Ford for the 2022 E-Transit. There are eight colors to choose from on the Ford E-Transit cargo van and two 16-inch alloy wheels designs costing USD 370 and USD 485.
Customers can even pay USD 680 extra and choose a long- or short-arm power-adjustable outside rearview mirror with indicators and blind-spot assist. Customers can use the configurator to add hinged passenger side doors, running boards, body-colored bumpers, fixed windows, and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps among a suite of other exterior features.
The E-Transit is a conversion BEV. Conversion BEV means that the chassis hardpoints stay the same as the ICE-powered Ford Transit, as does the interior cargo space. The electric van can be booked with a plethora of work-related accessories like bulkheads and shelving directly from the factory. Additionally, there are around 300 qualified upfitters around the U.S. — 13 of them within 30 miles of Ford’s Kansas City assembly plant.
That said, the cabin is basic and highly functional. There’s a plain dashboard layout with hard plastics making up for most of the materials. A standard 12-inch touchscreen with SYNC 4 infotainment dominates the cabin. It features voice recognition, built-in navigation, smartphone connectivity, over-the-air (OTA) updates, and Ford Pro Intelligent subscription services such as telematics, complimentary for the first three years. The drive selector rotary dial is positioned on the centre console.
The telematics functionality is highly advanced. Customers can precondition the cabin through the Ford Pro app while still plugged in for charging, helping preserve range. Customers can also use the telematics software to pay for public charging, reimburse employees for home charging, monitor the charge status of the EV fleet, help drivers locate EV charging stations, and provide range and performance data. Non-Ford vehicles can also be integrated into the system using a plug-in device to manage the fleet better.
Ford also offers the E-Transit with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) integrated with the Sync 4 system. There’s traffic sign recognition, intersection assist, speed assist, and adaptive cruise control, among others. The optional ADAS features cost USD 1075 extra. Standard safety features include roll stability control, TPMS, lane keep assist, hill start assist, collision assist and driver drowsiness alert, and more.
Battery & Range
Ford says the average daily range for vans in the U.S. is 74 miles. Thanks to the Ford E-Transit’s 68 kWh battery, it has an EPA-certified range of 126 miles in the low roof cargo van configuration. The medium roof height version with the long length has a slightly less range of 116 miles, while the high roof versions in long and extended lengths get 108 miles of EPA range. The battery and the motor come with an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty.
Ford has equipped the E-Transit with an 11.3 kW onboard charger that can fully recharge its battery pack as quickly as 8.2 hours. The maximum DC charging power supported is 115 kW, with 15-80% fast-charging taking around 34 minutes.
Ford includes the Ford Mobile Charger (120V/240V) with the E-Transit purchase. Its max. power output is 7.36 kW/32-amp and it takes 12 hours to charge the E-Transit’s battery pack from 0 to 100%. It can add up to 10 miles of range per hour when plugged into a 240V NEMA 14-50 outlet.
Customers can shell out extra to purchase the Ford Connected Charge Station charger for USD 799. The optional charger enables Level 2 charging and can add 15 miles of range per charging hour to the E-Transit. It comes with a 20-ft. cable and offers an output of up to 11.5 kW/48-amp. The 0-100% charging time is the same:12 hours. Unlike the Ford Mobile Charger, this charger offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and supports FordPass Connected.
On March 8, 2022, Ford launched the Ford Pro AC Charging Station charger, and the E-Transit is compatible with it. This charger comes with a flexible 25-foot cable and can provide an output of up to 11.5 kW/80-amp. This charger also provides Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and supports FordPass Connected. With a price of USD 1,310, though, it is not for everyone.
|Aspect\Specification||Ford Mobile Charger||Ford Connected Charge Station||Ford Pro AC Charging Station|
|Output Power||32A/7.36 kW||48A/11.5kW||80A/11.5 kW|
|Cable Length||20 ft.||20 ft.||25 ft.|
|Weatherproof||IP-66||IP-65||To Be Announced|
|FordPass Connected Support||No||Yes||Yes|
|Average miles of range per charging hour||To Be Announced||15 miles||15 miles|
|Charging Time (0-100% SoC)||12 hours||12 hours||12 hours|
Motor & Payload
The E-Transit’s rear axle-mounted electric motor produces 198 kW (266 hp) and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm). Maximum payload capacity on the low roof height version with the regular length is 3,880 lbs. The weight of a taller roof and increased length subsequently reduce the maximum payload capacity on other variants. However, payload capacity ranges between 3,330 lbs (extended high version) and 3,880 lbs (regular low model).
|2022 Ford E-Transit Cargo Van specifications||Value|
|Body types||Cutaway, Chassis Cab, Cargo Van|
|Roof height options||Low, Medium, High|
|Length options||Regular, Long, Extended|
|Power||198 kW / 266 hp|
|Torque||317 lb-ft / 430 Nm|
|Charging DC (115 kW)||15%-80% in 34 minutes|
|Charging AC (11.3 kW)||15%-80% within 12 hours|
|Payload Capacity||3,330 lbs to 3,880 lbs|
|Payload Volume (cu ft)||246.7 to 487.3|
Production & Sales
The timeline has been somewhat stretched for the production of the Ford E-Transit. The EV was announced in November 2020, reservations opened in May 2021, and the first electric van rolled out of Ford’s Kansas facility on February 8, 2022. The plant is Ford’s first to assemble battery components and EVs in-house. The brand has invested USD 100 million in the plant and added 150 full-time jobs for the E-Transit. By the end of 2023, the brand expects EV manufacturing capacity to reach 600,000 units annually.
Ford announced in November 2021 that the E-Transit had been sold out. While the units made in the first year of production are spoken for, the brand might resume accepting orders when the supply chain is in harmony with the increased demand. Ford said in Feb 2022 that over 300 customers have placed orders for 10,000+ E-Transit vans in America. It has said that 44% are for the high-roof version, 32% for the medium roof and 19% for the low roof version.
Penske Truck Leasing
Pennsylvania-based Penske Truck Leasing has ordered 750 units of the electric cargo van, according to a release issued by the company on April 18, 2022. Penske will use the electric cargo vehicle for rental and leasing purposes. Penske has said that the company will begin taking deliveries in the coming weeks. The company was a part of Ford’s commercial business pilot program late in 2021 and that’s when its officials tested a pre-production E-Transit.
Frito Lay & Walmart
Moreover, Frito Lay announced on April 18, 2022 that the snacks company would induct 40 Ford E-Transit vans by the summer of 2022 as a part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. As a part of Earth Day (April 22), the brand debuted its first pilot E-Transit van at its Carrollton, Texas manufacturing site. The above mentioned brands are among 300 commercial customers, including Walmart—which was among the first customers of the E-Transit—that has placed an order for 1,100 vehicles for its operations.
On May 10, 2022, United Rentals announced a purchase order of 30 Ford e-Transit electric vans for its North American rental and company fleets. Moreover, Ford Pro Solution experts will help United Rentals install chargers and guide United Rentals officials regarding using the new EVs for its operations. All 30 electric vans are expected to be delivered in 2022, and they will enter service immediately after delivery.
While the electric van’s order book is running in the thousands, Ford’s monthly manufacturing capacity of the E-Transit just hit the four-digit mark. In March 2022, Ford managed to sell only 528 units of the E-Transit. However, efforts are being made to ramp up production capacity so that customers don’t have to endure long waiting periods. By April, the brand had delivered 1,575 units of the E-Transit.
2022 Ford E-Transit Price
The Ford E-Transit Cutaway price starts at USD 44,990 (base MSRP + destination charges). The E-Transit Chassis Cab costs USD 45,520, while the Ford E-Transit Cargo Van price begins at USD 48,880. For perspective, the ICE-powered E-Transit costs substantially less, starting at USD 37,620. To see how comprehensive the options list is, TopElectricSUV tested the configurator and easily added USD 4,225 worth of optional accessories, taking the base MSRP of the cargo to USD 51,410.
|Ford E-Transit body styles||Ford E-Transit Starting Price|
|2022 E-Transit Cutaway||USD 44,990|
|2022 E-Transit Chassis Cab||USD 45,520|
|2022 E-Transit Cargo Van||USD 48,880|
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