More than 200,000 Americans have ordered an electric version of the F-150 pickup, the best-selling vehicle of all types in the United States. The craze is so strong that the manufacturer had to find ways to push the walls and triple its production capacity in a few months. Without managing to reduce delivery times to a reasonable level. Can the Ford Transit – Europe’s best-selling car – expect similar success?
The Transit electrification is an opportunity for a comprehensive overhaul of its design and layout.
In the Ford Transit family, there has already been a variant with a 100% electric engine for a year. But this E-Transit there (already sold more than 8,300 copies in the United States and Europe) is a huge beast, with a total weight authority in charge that goes from 3.5 tons to 4.25 tons, for 1,758 kg of useful load. While the Ford E-Transit Custom that was launched with much fanfare on September 8 weighs only 1,100 kg. Less bulky, its body still has the capacity to house 5.8 to 9 m3 of goods.
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Another major difference, where the E-Transit battery swaps with the existing body, the unique E-Transit Custom body strives bend to the battery contour, optimized for form as much as capacity. The floor is designed as closely as possible, tight like “vacuum plastic packaging”, explains Ted Cannis, Director of Ford Pro. As a result, it is lower than that of the current Transit Custom with a diesel engine. Work that contributes to reducing the overall height of the vehicle to less than 2 meters, to facilitate access to the underground car parks.