A few months before its official market launch in spring 2022, fleet customers will start field tests with the commercial vehicle in real traffic. The users of the tests carried out in several European countries are, for example, municipal fleets, as well as postal deliverers, utility companies, parcel services and food suppliers. The test series will initially begin with ten pre-series copies. The partners in Germany include the AWB waste management companies in Cologne and the city administration of Cologne. In addition, DHL Express in Great Britain, the Norwegian Post, the British Ocado Group and the Scandinavian company Recover Nordic will test the new E-Transit over a period of six or twelve months.
Different e-transit variants with a permissible total weight between 3.5 and 4.25 tons are used as test vehicles, including chassis with refrigerated and box bodies, tippers and flatbed vehicles. The partially specialized conversions reflect the many complex requirements that Ford Transit commercial vehicles have always had to meet in everyday work.
“We want to show our customers that fully electric commercial vehicles can increase their productivity while reducing the impact on the environment,” says Dave Petts, Market Lead, Urban Electrified Vans, Ford of Europe. “We are also hoping for feedback from first-time users so that we can adapt and further improve details of the e-transit. The almost familiar closeness to our customers underlines the value we attach to these practical tests ”.
The field tests mark the next phase in the development of the new Ford E-Transit, after the vehicle has already undergone demanding load tests on Ford test sites and in technical facilities.