Ford Australia confirms 2022 E-Transit minivan as first electric vehicle, but excludes Mustang Mach-E as Tesla Model Y’s new rival – Car News


Ford Australia confirmed today that its electrification strategy is to launch at least five electrified models by the end of 2024, but the Mustang Mach-E is unlikely to be one of them.

Deployment will begin in the second quarter of next year with the launch of the twice-delayed Escape PHEV mid-size SUV, but it is now confirmed that Ford’s first all-electric vehicle is the E-Transit large van, which will arrive in mid -2022.

Ford declined to provide details of the other models that will make up the five electrified offerings by 2025, but the roadmap includes electrified versions of existing Ford nameplates, as well as new models.

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Ford Australia and New Zealand president and CEO Andrew Birkic said the local outlook for the Mustang Mach-E was not good due to strong global demand, even though it is designed for right-hand drive markets.

“Mach-E is an incredible product, and we are delighted to have it in Ford’s global lineup. What we do know is that basically he’s exhausted. This is the position we are in now and the vehicle will not be available in Australia, ”he said.

Mr Birkic said his team will continue to “explore options with our global colleagues,” adding that supply, a viable business case and customer demand are key factors in adding new electric vehicles to the lineup.

Ford said in a press release that the five electrified vehicles would be “largely battery-electric vehicles”, but plug-in hybrids would also play a role.

When asked if that number could also include ‘auto-charging’ hybrids or mild hybrids, Mr Birkic said that had not yet been announced.

“We weren’t clear on this. We will disclose it at the appropriate time. But certainly, we remain open to all the different types of powertrains and technologies. “

The Ford E-Transit has a range of 317 km.

With the Mustang Mach-E virtually ruled out from initial deployment, other electrified models beyond the Escape PHEV and E-Transit are expected to include PHEV versions of the Ranger ute and the related Everest SUV that will launch in the coming months. next year.

Another electrified model that could be considered for Australia is the PHEV version of the Transit Custom. It sits under the large Transit van and is already available in the UK and New Zealand.

Mr Birkic would not be drawn to his prospects, but he stressed the importance of the Australian van market and added that the models in the roadmap would come from the commercial and private segments.

Ford is offering a 48-volt mild hybrid version of the small Puma SUV in Europe and the UK, which could be a competitor for the Mazda MX-30 and Toyota C-HR if offered here.

Ford’s deal with Volkswagen to use its electric MEB platform to build a new small SUV bearing the Ford badge in 2023 could also come into play, if offered outside of Europe.

The E-Transit will hit Ford showrooms in mid-2022, and it will be the first fully electric large van available in Australia. Currently, the only electric van sold in Australia is Renault’s much smaller Kangoo.

There are electric versions of large overseas delivery vans including the Volkswagen e-Crafter, Mercedes-Benz eSprinter and Renault Master ZE, but Ford will be the first to market the segment.

Ford will announce full specs and pricing closer to launch, but expects it to have a premium over similarly-sized diesel-powered Transits, which means it should sell for over $ 60. $ 000.

The E-Transit has a 68 kWh battery and an electric range of 317 km (WLTP). According to Ford, that figure is more than two and a half times the average distance traveled each day by a commercial van.

The motor pumps 190 kW / 430 Nm, making it the most powerful Transit available in Australia.

Built in Turkey, the rear-wheel drive E-Transit has three drive modes, including an Eco mode, regenerative braking and preconditioning that allows the air conditioning system to adjust the cabin temperature while the vehicle is driven. is still in charge.

An 11.3kW on-board charger provides a full charge in just over eight hours, and using a DC fast charger will recharge the battery by 15-80% in about 34 minutes.

Positioning the battery under the cargo floor means cargo capacity has not been sacrificed.

E-Transit will be the first Ford model in Australia offered with SYNC4. E-Transit will be the first Ford model in Australia offered with SYNC4.

The E-Transit will be the first model in the Australian lineup to be offered with Ford’s latest SYNC4 multimedia system, housed in a 12-inch tablet screen. It has better Apple CarPlay / Android Auto connectivity, multiple phone pairings, double the computing power of SYNC3, machine learning capability and a digital user manual.

The electric vehicle roadmap is part of Ford’s massive $ 30 billion global investment in electrification by 2025 and it is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Ford’s Australian operations will also be more environmentally friendly, with charging stations deployed at its Campbellfield facility, the YouYangs Proving Ground and the new Merrifield logistics center in Melbourne’s far north.

Ford is partnering with Jet Charge to prepare its dealer network with charging facilities.

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