The Ford Transit Custom mid-size van is a big deal: it was Britain’s best-selling vehicle in 2021 - yes, outselling every car on the market. So here’s an even bigger deal: the new full-electric E-Transit Custom, which is due to go into production next year.
The new version of the mid-size, one-tonne van will be the second model in Ford Pro’s van line up to go electric, following the larger Ford E-Transit. And given we rate that model highly, our hopes are already high that the E-Transit Custom will be a formidable competitor in the incredibly competitive world of electric vans.
So far, Ford has only shared a few pictures and details of the Ford E-Transit Custom, showing off a substantially revamped design, with the promise of more to come in September. But what we do know sounds positive.
Ford claims the E-Transit Custom is an entirely fresh design, and will be a “no compromise” electric vehicle – although combustion-engined, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions will also be offered. It claims it will have a range of up to 236 miles and will be able to use DC fast chargers. Ford also claims the machine will feature a range of connectivity features.
The firm claims the machine will also have “full towing capability” and come with what Ford calls Pro-Power Onboard – vehicle-to-load charging, basically. Or, to put it in plain English, a plug socket you can use to power electrical items, such as tools.
Production is due to begin at the Ford Otosan factory in Turkey next year. The new E-Transit Custom is the first of four all-electric commercials vehicles due from the Ford Pro division by 2024, which will include a Transit Courier, and Tourneo Custom and Tourneo Courier MPVs.
The first glimpse of the E-Transit Custom isn’t just a significant step for fans of electric Ford models: thanks to a partnership between the two brands, the model will share much of its technology with the forthcoming next-generation of electric Volkswagen Transporter.