Decade of success: Ford Transit turns 10 with upgrades to E-Transit, charging, software

DEARBORN–Ford Transit, America’s No. 1 best-sellilng commercial van, celebrates a decade in market and its 10th year of U.S. production and sales with enhancements to E-Transit range and new charging, software and integrated solutions, helping to ease the transition to electric and maximize benefits for commercial customers.

“We’ve assembled more than 1.2 million Transit vans in the last 10 years, and 99% of Transit vans are still on the road, working hard for customers today,” said Tim Baughman, Ford Pro general manager. “It’s America’s bestselling commercial van because it’s Built Ford Tough, and businesses on every street corner rely on Transit to keep the country moving—from plumbing to carpentry and yes, delivery, too.”

After just six months in production, Transit became America’s bestselling commercial van in late 2014 and outsold every other van in America, including minivans, before the end of 2016. And Ford has continued to invest in new variants and innovations across the lineup, in 2020 adding optional all-wheel drive and unveiling the E-Transit electric van, and introducing Transit Trail™, its van life derivative, to the lineup in 2022.

Since beginning U.S. production in April 2014, more than 1.2 million Transit vans have been assembled at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.

Enhancing Range to Reach Even More Industries

E-Transit has quickly become the electric van of choice in America, Canada and Europe, thanks to its versatility. E-Transit, America’s bestselling electric van, has saved customers more than 3 million gallons of gas and over 25 million kg of CO2 output since joining the Transit family in 2022. According to the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, that’s the same as planting 413,377 tree seedlings and letting them grow for 10 years.

New for the 2024 model year, Ford Pro enhances range capability on E-Transit, offering an overall estimated range of 159 miles on low-roof cargo van models with 89 kWh of usable energy, which supports work covering longer distances and provides more capability to unlock electric solutions for new use cases, like refrigerated delivery. The additional range over the previous model is an increase of 26% on low-roof8 and a 32% increase on high-roof models.

Leveraging Ford Telematics data, Ford analyzed more than 2.5 million trips, totaling 30 million miles, to understand that the average daily range for commercial vans in the U.S. is 74 miles. And E-Transit with enhanced range maintains the same 266 hp and 317 lb.-ft. of torque as the prior model.

Registration data shows that customers agree E-Transit owns work, serving more industries and more vocations than any other electric van.

New dual onboard chargers enable the E-Transit battery to charge faster than ever. The 2024 E-Transit can charge at a peak power of 176 kilowatts (kW). Fifteen minutes on a DC fast charger (180-plus kW) is estimated to add 67 miles of range on a 2024 E-Transit cargo van low-roof configuration—a 49% increase over the prior battery. And the 2024 E-Transit will charge from zero to 100% in just six hours and 11 minutes when using the now-available Ford Pro Series 2 80A charging station—22% faster than the prior battery—providing a full charge overnight.

Available across the E-Transit van lineup, Pro Power Onboard provides 2.4 kW of power and is operable while the vehicle is in motion and while charging, enabling users to plug in a laptop, tools or other power equipment on the go or the jobsite.

E-Transit is available in more configurations than any other all-electric commercial van from a full-line automaker, offering two lengths, three roof heights, three body styles and up to 487 cubic feet of cargo volume.

Order banks for the 2024 E-Transit with enhanced range will open this spring, with deliveries expected to start later this year. 2024 E-Transit with enhanced range MSRP begins at $51,095. E-Transit may also qualify for the Commercial Clean Vehicle Tax Credit of up to $7,500 per vehicle.

Ford Pro offers a complete range of charging systemss, including public, home, hybrid and depot charging, with 927 commercial charging depots under management. Ford Pro’s software helps manage charging across multi-make fleets and depot, home and public charging to maximize uptime and minimize charging costs. These smart charging solutions include:

Announced last week, Ford commercial vehicle owners of model year 2021 and newer Mustang Mach-E SUVs, F-150 Lightning pickup trucks and model year 2022 and newer E-Transit vans can receive a complimentary NACS adapter to access Tesla’s 15,300 Superchargers across the U.S. and Canada. Whether charging on Tesla Superchargers or Ford’s BlueOval Charge Network, commercial customers enjoy seamless billing and payment with Ford Pro Public Charge Management.

The Ford Pro Series 2 80A charger, the recommended charger for enhanced-range batteries like those available in the E-Transit, maximizes battery power output at faster charging speeds and comes with RFID access controls. The Series 2 80A charger is available to order now.

Ford Pro is revealing a new-generation Series 2 48A charger, which is best for fleet drivers who take their vehicles home to charge. The new-generation charger will feature replaceable cables, a new LCD screen and cellular connectivity with no Wi-Fi required. The Series 2 48A charger will be available for order in mid-2024.

A great companion to the Series 2 48A charger is Ford Pro Home Charging software, ideal for fleet operators with vehicles that are taken home to charge. The software helps manage charging times, schedules, home charger health, accurate home charging estimates, charging costs and more.

Most commercial customers charge at their home or workplace. However, when public charging is required, the BlueOval Charge Network—the largest public charging network in North America—features over 33,000 charging locations and more than 111,000 plugs, including more than 13,000 DC fast-charging plugs.

Ford takes service to the street and to its commercial customers to help avoid time lost in service bays. Having grown to 3,100 Mobile Service units, Ford has the largest Mobile Service fleet of any full-line automaker in the U.S. Ford responded to more than 950,000 mobile service repair orders in 2023.

In-vehicle technology within E-Transit connects seamlessly to Ford Pro Intelligence software like Ford Pro E-Telematics, helping businesses optimize vehicle performance, manage multi-make and -powertrain fleets and maximize uptime.

As a purpose-built one-stop shop for financing needs, Ford Pro FinSimple features customizable finance products, financing for upfits and EV charging infrastructure, municipal financing, commercial lines of credit and the option to work with a financing expert at a business’s location.

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