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The EV Work Van - Ford E Transit
2022 is one of the most promising years, with several automakers joining the EV industry. Aside from the usual saloon cars and SUVs, the manufacturers have shifted towards trucks and electric work vehicles. One of the latest models causing a buzz in the motor work is the 2022 Ford E-Transit electric vehicle.
Over the last two years, electric trucks have been the rave; however electric vans such as the ford transit are set to have a global impact.
These vans are poised to revolutionize the transport and logistics industry. The best part about the Ford-Transit van is that it offers versatility in a wide range of combinations. Below, we will cover some of the features of the ford transit that make it stand out.
The 2022 E-Transit hasn’t undergone much change from the standard model. The most prominent difference is the transition from a standard gear lever to a rotating knob. This is also the first commercial model to be fitted with the new SYNC 4 infotainment suite that features a huge 12-inch touchscreen. The SYNC4 has also brought a whole new driving experience to fleet drivers with the addition of a cloud-enhanced navigation system, full smartphone integration, and over-the-air updates.
Drivers can also choose the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Ford Data Services, and Ford Telematics.
The E-transit’s engine is one of its greatest selling points. The standard model comes with a 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 engine that manages a top horsepower of 310hp while delivering a torque of 400lb-ft. On the other hand, the E-Transit has an engine power of 266hp and delivers a torque of 317lb-ft. The van’s electric motor is powered by a 67-kWh battery pack that delivers power to the rear wheels. It has two batteries that are safely packed beneath the cargo floor to provide enough cargo space.
The van is estimated to have a range of 203km on one charge for the low-roof cargo van. According to Ford, using a 115-plus-kW DC faster charger can provide an extra 48km after about 10minutes of charging. However, when drivers use the Ford Connected Charge Station they can create the charge rate to about 24km per charging hour, with the station being able to complete a full charge in under eight hours.
One of the most amazing features of this electric work vehicle is that it comes with onboard AC electric power. Using the onboard generator, the van can generate and export up to 2.4kWh of power to the recharge tools.
The 2022 Ford E-Transit van comes in three trim levels with eight configurations. The highest trim level is the 350 Cutaway, which comes with an electric engine and a single-speed automatic transmission. It also runs on a rear-wheel drivetrain with a T-350 RWD SRW 178’’ WB 9500 GVWR configuration. The second trim level is the 350 Chassis that runs on an electric engine with a single-speed automatic transmission and T-350 Chassis RWD SRW 178’’ WB9500 GVWR configuration. The base model is the 350 model which has an electric engine and a single-speed automatic transmission, powered by a rear-wheel drivetrain. This model has the highest configurations, including:
- T-350 130’’ Low Rf 9500 GVWR RWD
- T-350 130’’ Med Rf 9500 GVWR RWD
- T-350 148’’ Low Rf 9500 GVWR RWD
- T-350 148’’ Med Rf 9500 GVWR RWD
- T-350 148’’ Hi Rf 9500 GVWR RWD
Drivers can also find additional packages, such as the delivered package. This package comes with features such as a 50/50 hinged rear door w/253-degree opening, cargo area LED lights at C-pillar, D-pillar, full rear compartment lighting, and mid-ship and rear compartment LED switch.
The 2022 model also offers an interior upgrade package that includes front and rear vinyl floor opening, full-height polypropylene cargo area panels, wheel well liners, and the Cruise control w/adjustable Spd Limiting device.
The 2022 E-transit is fitted with several standard features such as:
- Anti-lock brakes- these brakes automatically sense when the tire has stopped rotating after extreme braking. The system then modulates the brake pressure to allow the tire to rate, increasing its ability to turn even when braking.
- Stability control- this system detects when the vehicle exceeds its handling and reduces the engine power while applying select brakes to prevent the driver from losing control.
- Security system- the van comes with an ignition disable device that prevents the engine from starting when the wrong key is used.
The 2022 e-transit features a coil-sprung semi trailing-arm rear suspension that allows the motors and rear differential to be fitted directly onto the chassis. According to Ford, this is their flagship commercial model with an independent rear suspension. This suspension is designed to hold 3 lengths, 3 heights, on 487.3 cubic feet with a maximum payload of 3800-pounds.
As stated before, this model has various features designed to change the logistics industry. The most notable features are the fleet management tools designed to help operators monitor the van’s performance usage and even provide insight into the overall performance of the van. This system provides valuable data based on the instantaneous and cumulative energy consumption, distance to empty, charge speeds, etc. With this data, the operators can estimate the average cost of running their fleet.
These tools also enable cabin pre-conditioning, allowing drivers to optimize the batter efficiency when the van is plugged in. With its in-built navigation system, the driver can access Ford Co-Pilot 360 features such as the intelligent speed assist, speed sign recognition, and intelligent adaptive cruise control. Other amazing features designed to improve driver experience include; lane-keeping, pre-collision assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, 360-degree camera, blind-spot warning, and the reverse brake assist.
The van also has driver coaching tutorials that are displayed on the 12’’ touchscreen. The tutorials come with audible suggestions to warn the driver when exceeding speed limits, leaving the climate controls running, accelerating, or braking too hard, or when they fail to wear their seatbelt.