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Electric Transit van coming to Canada

Electric Transit van coming to Canada

The huge number of vans roaming our cities means they are fertile ground for electrification. With more cities setting pollution targets, charging for access to city streets and looking at ways to improve air quality, electrifying vans is a logical step to take. Ford are one of many van makers taking on the challenge.

The Ford Transit, as the most popular van around, is the ideal example to begin setting. Kia and Hyundai bought UK van company Arrival and are in the process of electrifying, Mercedes-Benz has already started manufacturing their eSprinter and other automakers are following suit.

Ford Transit

The Ford Transit is the most popular van in Europe and sells well across North America too. With Ford’s plan to release multiple new EVs over the coming years, it was just a matter of time before the Transit was included in the mix.

We knew an electric Transit was going to Europe as Ford told us so last year. What they didn’t tell us is that they have plans to bring it to Canada too.

Ford’s North American van market share has grown by a third in the last five years and the automaker wants to keep that momentum going. Electrification is one of the many ways Ford is pushing forward with that. Alongside general improvements, more frugal and efficient combustion engines, having an electric variant will resonate well with the general public and some large scale van fleet.

“Commercial vehicles are a critical component to our big bet on electrification,” Jim Farley, COO of Ford, comments the announcement. “As leaders in this space, we are accelerating our plans to create solutions that help businesses run better, starting with our all-electric Transit and F-150. This Ford Transit isn’t just about creating an electric drivetrain, it’s about designing and developing a digital product that propels fleets forward.”

Electric vans

Ford said the Transit EV should be with us in 2022. The North American version will be manufactured here and not imported. As well as an electric drivetrain, the vans will also be connected. This should make fleet owners happy.

Ford will be including Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services with the vans. This includes vehicle location tracking, WiFi, 4/5G, speed, mileage, vehicle condition and other metrics fleet managers use to maintain an efficient fleet.

There is a huge public appetite for electric vehicles now and that shows no signs of slowing down. A combination of poor air quality in cities, increased awareness of plastic waste and the Greta Thunberg effect combine to help push along a change in attitudes that was inevitable but a long time coming.

Big brands who run van fleets will embrace electric vans as long as they don’t compromise range, speed and efficiency. They will be cheaper to run, cost a lot less to fuel and maintain and a little bit of positive green PR never hurt anyone.

The Ford Transit EV should hit production late 2021 or 2022. To see the current range of Ford EV, visit Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.

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