FORD has taken another step in its electrification transformation as its commercial vehicle arm Ford Pro has revealed the first details of the all-new electric E-Transit Custom.
Following hot on the heels of the all-electric e-Transit that went into production in March this year - and the first of four further all-electric commercial vehicles Ford Pro will introduce by 2024 - the E-Transit Custom is designed to set a new benchmark in Europe's one-tonne van segment and help businesses across the region to effortlessly make the change to electrified vehicles.
The look of the new Custom model gives a strong clue to the appearance of the next generation of internal combustion engined Transit Custom models.
The EâTransit Custom will be supported by Ford Pro software, charging, service and financing solutions via one comprehensive platform to help increase uptime and reduce operating costs.
The newest addition to Ford Pro's electrified line-up will be a key component in Ford's bold commitment to reach zero emissions for all Ford vehicle sales in Europe and carbon neutrality across its European footprint by 2035.
The E-Transit Custom's all-electric architecture helps to deliver a targeted driving range of up to 236 miles, DC fast-charging, and full towing capability.
"This is a watershed moment for commercial vehicle operators in Europe, and another hugely significant realisation of our Ford Pro ambitions," said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe. "Europe's best-selling van just went all-electric and - supported by our unique Ford Pro one-stop-shop of productivity-boosting services - the operating benefits this will bring to business across Europe cannot be overstated."
Among features developed using in-depth insights from van users to ensure E-Transit Custom provides an unmatched customer experience, ProPower Onboard technology will provide exportable power for tools, lights and devices while on site.
Ford says the E-Transit Custom features rebalanced proportions, a confident stance and full LED lighting, the new model will set a distinctive new design benchmark in the one-tonne segment.
Earlier this year Ford announced that by 2024, four further new all-electric vehicles will join the E-Transit two-tonne van as part of the iconic Transit family, including the Transit Custom and Transit Courier vans, as well as Tourneo Custom and Tourneo Courier people movers.
The all-electric E-Transit Custom will enter production in the second half of 2023 and Ford intends to release further details in September of this year.
All Transit Custom variants will be built by Ford Otosan - Ford's joint venture in Turkey - at the Kocaeli site, the home of European Transit manufacturing where Fords has invested some two billions pounds to create one of Europe's largest commercial vehicle battery facilities, targeting a mid-decade production start and an annual capacity in the range of 30 to 45 Gigawatt hours.