Ford Transit – the world’s best-selling cargo van – will debut an all-electric version for the U.S. and Canada in 2022.
The all-electric Transit is part of Ford’s more than $11.5 billion investment in electrification through 2022 which includes Mustang Mach-E coming later this year and the previously announced all-electric F-150.
Jim Farley, chief operating officer, Ford Motor Company, says: “Commercial vehicles are a critical component to our big bet on electrification. 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.”
Farley adds: ““The world is heading toward electrified products and fleet customers are asking for them now. We know their vehicles operate as a connected mobile business and their technology needs are different than retail customers. So Ford is thinking deeply on connectivity relationships that integrate with our in-vehicle high-speed electrical architectures and cloud-based data services to provide these businesses smart vehicles beyond just the electric powertrains.”
Ford says smart technology built in to the all-electric Transit will help to optimize fleet efficiency and reduce waste, as well as improve driver behavior by providing insights into operator performance.