Ford Transit electric van to use Mustang Mach-E battery tech

  • Fully electric Transit van on sale in 2021
  • Competitive payload and driving range promised
  • Set to use same batteries as Mustang Mach E electric SUV

The first ever all-electric Ford Transit is set to go on sale in 2021. Announced at the 2019 Ford Go Further event in Amsterdam, the electric Transit will be available in multiple body styles, with what’s said to be a competitive payload rating.

Now at the beginning of 2020, Ford has revealed that the Transit electric will use the same batteries as the Mustang Mach-E high-performance electric SUV.

What's a Mustang Mach-E and how is it related to the electric Transit?

The Mustang Mach-E is Ford's first full-production electric car, with first deliveries expected before the end of 2020. It combines the name and some of the design cues of the famous Ford Mustang muscle car with a swoopy five-door SUV body.

Promising performance to rival a Tesla - meaning a claimed driving range of up to 370 miles and 0-62mph in less than four seconds, though not necessarily from the same version - the Mach-E is certainly an attention-grabber.

What's more, Automotive News Europe is reporting that the same battery technology that powers the Mach-E will also be found in the forthcoming electric Transit.

While this doesn't mean you should expect the same 370-mile range potential, the battery cells themselves will be produced (by electronics company LG) on the same production line in Poland.

What's the range of the new Ford Transit electric van?

While 370 miles per charge would certainly be nice, all Ford is promising of the Transit EV at this stage is that it will have a practical daily driving range for city-based businesses in all weather conditions and throughout the vehicle’s working life.

Ford Transit Electric van concept - with Roelant de Waard

No exact claim for the overall range has yet been provided, but Ford of Europe’s vice president of marketing, sales and service, Roelant de Waard (above), described it as ‘long range’.

Is anyone else involved in the development of the Ford Transit electric van?

Development of the all-electric Transit is being informed by the Transit-based StreetScooter Work XL electric van, which is built and deployed by Deutsch Post DHL in Germany. More than 2,000 will have been assembled at Ford’s Cologne plant by the end of 2019.

There is no official word of any connection between the electric Transit and the Volkswagen e-Crafter - despite the recent announcement of a strategic alliance between the two firms that will soon see them jointly developing light commercial vehicles.

What other van news did Ford annouce at the 2019 Go Further Event?

Ford used the Go Further event to give further details of other electrified powertrains for its Transit and Tourneo models beginning in 2019.

Mild hybrid (mHEV) versionshave a 48-volt mild hybrid system supporting the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine in Transit, Transit Custom and Tourneo models. We have now driven examples of these, and you'll find details in both reviews.

Known as EcoBlue Hybrids, the driving experience is much the same as existing models, but fuel efficiency is said to increase by 3% overall and around 8% in town. Official combined fuel consumption for the Transit Custom version is 47.9-55.4mpg (depending on spec).

Ford Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid electric van

Meanwhile full Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of the Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom are also available. The Tourneo was a new announcement at the 2019 Go Further event,though both use the same 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine and electric motor range extender system

We're driven both versions, and although rapid charging is not available we were impressed with the petrol-electric combination as a range-anxiety-avoiding solution. The Plug-In Hybrids will be arriving in dealership early in 2020, and we'll be testing them in the UK very shortly.

In addition to this, for more specialised vehicle applications, Ford used the Go Further event to reveal plans to extend its Qualified Vehicle Modifier programme from today’s 100 partners to 200 by 2020.

By the end of 2020, 40 ‘off-the-shelf’ conversions from QVM partners will be available to buy from its 950 Transit Centres, ranging from tippers to refrigerated vans.

Also read:

>> Ford Transit full review

>> Ford Transit Custom full review

>> Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid review

>> Ford Transit Custom 2019 engine upgrade details - including mild hybrid

>> Ford Transit 2019 facelift full official info