Ford Motor Co. this week began shipping its new all-electric E-Transit minivan from its Kansas City, Missouri assembly plant to customers across the United States, the Dearborn automaker announced Tuesday.
Shipments of the electric version of the popular pickup began as Ford said it had taken more than 10,000 orders from 300 customers of various sizes, including 1,100 orders from retail giant Walmart Inc. Already, said the Automaker on Tuesday, it is working to ramp up production of E-Transit to meet demand as it aims to boost annual electric vehicle production capacity to 600,000 by the end of next year.
E-Transit is the company’s second all-electric vehicle, following the launch of the Mustang Mach-E in late 2020. The F-150 Lightning, a battery-electric version of America’s best-selling truck and flagship of Ford, is scheduled to launch this spring (including the version for commercial and government fleet customers) with some 200,000 orders on the way.
E-Transit is also the first vehicle to launch under the Ford Pro umbrella, the self-driving utility vehicle business that Ford launched last year as it centers its turnaround strategy on its strength in the passenger car segment. commercial vehicles, electrification and connected vehicle services. The automaker has pledged to spend $30 billion on electrification through 2025, with E-Transit being part of that investment.
“E-Transit is a testament to the fact that an electric commercial fleet is no longer a vision of tomorrow, but a modern reality that drives productivity,” Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford’s Americas and International Markets Group, said in a statement. . .
With the launch of E-Transit, Kansas City Assembly in Claycomo, Missouri, became the first Ford plant in the United States to assemble both battery and all-electric vehicles in-house. The company invested $100 million in the plant and added about 150 full-time jobs in vehicle and battery assembly to support E-Transit production.
“Today’s announcement that production 2022 Ford Pro E-Transit minivans will be shipped to customers marks the start of a new era emerging from the Kansas City Assembly Plant,” Chuck said. Browning, vice president of the United Auto Workers and director of the union’s Ford department. A declaration.
“By producing both gas and electric versions of America’s best-selling commercial pickup truck, Claycomo members are working to meet current demand while transitioning to a strong future for electric vehicles. “, he added. “UAW members are proud to be part of Ford’s commitment to building a new, quality technology product that is creating jobs and investment in Kansas City.
Ford and some of its competitors are betting big on commercial and government fleet customers to become leaders in the electric and digital transition transforming the automotive industry.
General Motors Co. has launched an electric delivery van business. Stellantis NV has named Amazon.com Inc. as the first buyer of an electric version of its minivan. And both automakers have planned electric versions of their popular pickups.
Ford, meanwhile, signaled that its business activity is at the forefront of the company’s growth strategy. Ford Pro is targeting $45 billion in revenue by 2025, up from $27 billion in 2019. Executives said commercial customers recognize the potential cost and productivity improvements the vehicles offer electrically connected digitally.
Reuven Noyman isn’t yet sure if it will save him money by switching from gas-powered to electric vehicles, but the owner of New York-based cleaning company On Time Steam Cleaning has placed an order for two E-Transits due to environmental considerations. .
“I placed the order for the electrics because we are a green company,” he said. “We haven’t used chemicals since 2008. It’s better for the environment and it suits my business perfectly.”
Noyman operates a fleet of six vehicles, a mix of Ford Transits and Nissan NV. He plans to eventually order six E-Transits and maintain a fleet of battery-powered and gas-powered electric vehicles until electric vehicles improve to the point where they’re just as practical for his business needs.
“I wanted a cleaner truck to avoid gasoline, plus my guys idle a lot when they’re at work,” he said. “Once electric gets better and better, we’ll switch them all to electric.”
E-Transit’s lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 68 kilowatt hours and an estimated range of 126 miles on a single charge. It starts at $44,990 including destination charges. It is available with Pro Power Onboard, which allows drivers to use their vehicle as a mobile generator with up to 2.4 kilowatts of power available.
Charging solutions are available for E-Transit customers through Ford Pro Charging. And various connected subscription services, including telematics data, are available through Ford Pro Intelligence, the cloud-based platform that underpins Ford Pro Digital Services. E-Transit comes standard with a 4G LTE modem and Ford Pro E-Telematics is free for three years. E-Transit is available in eight configurations.