Ford Australia’s first fully electric vehicle has arrived in Australia and it’s not a
passenger vehicle but a delivery van.

As the name suggests the new E-Transit is based on Ford’s van of that name which
has been on sale here since the 1970s.

The choice of a commercial vehicle makes a lot of sense given that they typically spend
most of their time moving around within urban areas thus reducing the range concerns
that hover over passenger vehicles.

Ford Australia has E-Transit forms an important part of Ford Australia’s electrification
plans, with a plan to bring at least five electrified vehicles down under by the end of

Two E-Transit models will be available, the long-wheelbase 420L BEV Mid Roof and
420L BEV High Roof, with deliveries expected to start shortly.

Both E-Transits are powered by an electric motor delivering 198 kW of power and 430
Nm of torque, the highest power and torque outputs of the Transit range.

The electric motor is powered by a 68-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The battery is
located beneath the load floor in a sealed structure with side-impact protection as

The EV motor is paired with a single-speed automatic transmission that sends power to
the rear wheels of the van.

Ford lists a maximum range of 307 km from the Mid Roof and 295 km with the High
Roof .

Very sensibly the charge socket is located in the centre of the grille with
a Mode 3, 32-amp charge cable supplied.

Flexible charging options allow customers to either AC charge overnight in
approximately 8 hours or quick DC Charge Top Up (15 per cent to 80 per cent at 115
kW) in approximately 34 minutes.

Maximum load space in the Mid-Roof model is 11 cubic metres, increasing 12.4 cubic
metres on the High-Roof. These areas are largely the same as conventionally powered
Transits and many load area conversions will carry over to E-Transit with minimal
modifications, making it easy to adopt an E-Transit into a business fleet.

Payloads are 1611 kg with the Mid-Roof and 1566 kg in the High-Roof.

Standard safety features include: Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with
Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Hill Launch
Assist, Intersection Assist, Lane Keeping Aid with Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign
Recognition, Rear Camera, Rear Parking Sensors and Auto Hold.

Infotainment features are displayed on a touchscreen. Included are wireless Apple
CarPlay and Android Auto, built-In satellite navigation with live traffic, parking and
weather updates, and available charging points.

E-Transit will be covered by Ford’s five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty which eight
years and 160,000 km coverage on the battery.

E-Transit Mid-Roof: $104,900
E-Transit High-Roof: $106,400
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your
local Ford dealer for drive-away prices.

Dual Side Load Doors: $1000
Prestige Paint: $700
Special Vehicle Paint: $1400
Single Front Passenger Seat (in lieu of Dual Front): $150

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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