All-electric Ford E-Transit Custom set to spark a revolution

Specifications for Ford’s E-Transit Custom, the all-electric version of its popular one-tonne van, have been revealed, with the new model to form part of the brand’s plan for at least five electrified vehicles in showrooms by the end of 2024.

The E-Transit Custom combines advanced electric vehicle technology and services to help businesses work more effectively, and simplify the transition to electric vehicles. It all starts with next-generation battery technology for a targeted range of 380km.

That’s paired with 124kW fast-charging capability, and an optional business hub feature, that allows the steering wheel to be tilted to become an ergonomic holder for laptops and tablets. This digital innovation is combined with no-compromise load carrying.

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The E-Transit Custom provides a 100mm lower load floor for easier access, and there’s independent rear suspension too. A 400-volt, 74 kWh useable battery pack uses advanced 81.2 Ah pouch cells shared with the Ford F-150 Lightning.

That translates into a 7.2-hour full recharge on an 11kW AC three phase power cycle, or a 41 minute charge to 80 per cent on a DC fast charger. A new charge profile front-loads the energy to enable quick, useful top-ups too.

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

The E-Transit Custom 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 enables increased range and delivers one-pedal driving capability. The system blends friction braking with regenerative braking that harvests energy during deceleration to top up the battery for extra driving range.

On the outside, the e-Transit Custom makes the perfect business billboard, with its confident stance, rebalanced proportions and full LED exterior lighting, with a distinctive light bar.

To maximise range, the flat floor, unique honeycomb grille, wind-cheating wheel designs and even rear light cluster shapes were developed using more than 800 different aerodynamic simulations.

The front wheels and strut towers have also been moved further forward, resulting in improved foot space and footrests for occupants in the front, as well as a shorter front overhang for more confident parking and manoeuvring.

As a long wheelbase panel van, with a maximum load length of 3,450mm, the E-Transit Custom offers load volumes of 6.8 cubic metres, or 9.0 cubic metres with the high roof option. There’s plenty of safety tech too.

Driver assistance systems include pre-collision assist, lane-keep assist, driver alert, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed assist, wrong way alert, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

Inside, the E-Transit Custom offers a column-mounted gear shifter, electronic handbrake and “squircle” steering wheel, along with a 13-inch landscape touchscreen angled towards the driver for ease of use, as well as Ford’s advanced SYNC 4 infotainment system.

As van drivers often occupy the cabin alone, a new Driver Focus Mode option uses sensors to direct airflow only to occupied seats too. An intelligent windscreen monitors temperature and humidity, and automatically makes small heat and airflow changes as well.

The all-electric E-Transit Custom will join Ford Australia’s line-up in 2024. Further details and local pricing will be available closer to launch.

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