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Ford Transit electric van announced at 2019 Ford Go Further event

  • Fully electric Transit van on sale in 2021
  • Competitive payload and driving  range promised
  • Ford also confirms plug-in hybrid Tourneo Custom

The first ever all-electric Ford Transit is slated to go on sale for 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.

>> The Parkers guide to electric vans

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

Ford promises the Transit EV 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) versions arrive first in mid-2019, with a 48-volt mild hybrid system supporting the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine in Transit, Transit Custom and Tourneo models.

Known as EcoBlue Hybrids, the driving experience will be much the same as existing models, but fuel efficiency is said to increase by three per cent overall and around 3% in town. Ford expects the Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid to return 42.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 139g/km once the model is homologated.

Ford Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid electric van

Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of the Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom follow next. We've full details of the Transit Custom PHEV on a dedicated page, but the Tourneo version is a new announcement, using the same 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine and electric motor range extender system

Official fuel efficiency is predicted to be 75g/km CO2 and 85.6mpg. Rapid charging is not, however, available. The Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid is due on sale in late 2019, with Tourneo following soon after.

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 2019 engine upgrade details - including mild hybrid

>> Ford Transit 2019 facelift full official info