New Ford E-Transit Custom incoming

Ford will soon introduce the new E-Transit Custom, the all-electric version van which forms part of the brand’s plan for at least five electrified vehicles in showrooms by the end of 2024.

Australian-spec vehicles will feature a 160 kW motor that delivers 415 Nm of torque, which is rotated 90 degrees to maximise load space and reduce weight and complexity, and is fitted directly to the vehicle’s floor, removing the need for a dedicated subframe.

The E-Transit uses a vapour-injected heat pump technology to heat and cool the cabin, fitted as standard to all vehicles.

This new system is designed to deliver improved energy efficiency for optimum driving range.

A new brake-by-wire system is also included with the new model – the system blends friction braking with regenerative braking that harvests energy during deceleration to top up the battery for extra driving range.

Drivers can stop the van without using the brake pedal when in one-pedal drive mode 3, and the system is designed to use the friction brakes quickly enough to prevent the discs from rusting or pitting.

Ford Motor Company CEO, Jim Farley, said the E-Transit Custom’s new EV powertrain was designed to help small businesses and tradespeople to make the switch to electric.

“Our customers made Transit Custom the most popular commercial vehicle in Europe, and we’ve listened to those customers for well over 50 years,” he said.

“The new E-Transit Custom was designed and engineered to meet their needs – a Transit for the new era, but one that can still get its hands dirty when a job needs doing.”

The E-Transit Custom’s 400-volt, 74 kWh useable battery pack uses advanced 81.2 Ah pouch cells shared with the Ford F-150 Lightning, which enables a targeted range of 380 km and 124 kW fast-charging ability.

The 11 kW AC three-phase onboard charger is capable of fully recharging the battery in 7.2 hours, and the E-Transit Custom supports DC fast charging up to 124 kW for a 15-80 per cent recharge in 41 minutes.

To make loading cargo and accessing the cab easier, the load floor has been lowered by 100 mm compared to the outgoing Transit Custom.

All Transit Custom variants will be built by Ford Otosan – Ford’s joint venture in Turkey, and the all-electric E-Transit Custom will join Ford Australia’s line-up in 2024.

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