Ford E-Transit confirmed for Australia as the brand’s first electric car, more to follow



Ford’s first electric vehicle in Australia will be the E-Transit van, slated for release next year – with more electric and hybrid models slated for years to come.

Ford Australia confirmed that he will launches its first electric vehicle in Australia in the middle of next year, the Ford E-Transit 2022 closed box.

The new E-Transit will be one of the at least five new hybrid or electric vehicles confirmed for Australia by the end of 2024, joining the Escape plug-in hybrid SUV – although the Mustang Mach-E midsize performance SUV isn’t closer to showrooms (click here for details).

Scheduled for a local launch in mid-2022, the E-Transit will launch in Australia as a rear-wheel-drive, long-wheelbase 420L – and although pricing is yet to be confirmed, the price translation to the foreigner in Australia suggests that local prices could start. between $ 75,000 and $ 80,000 before road charges.

Ford Australia has confirmed that the vehicle will be sold through its traditional dealer network, rather than using a fixed-price online sales model like those adopted by Hyundai and its latest Ioniq 5 electric SUV.

Powering the van is a Electric motor 198kW / 430Nm drive the rear wheels – making it the most powerful Transit on sale – mated to a 68kWh battery capacity (net) below the ground. Ford claims 317 km of autonomy on the WLTP test cycle in Europe, 2.5 times the average daily distance traveled by a commercial van.

DC fast charging up to 115kW provides 15-80% charging in 34 minutes, while 11.3kW AC charging from a home wall box can provide 100% charging in 8.2 time.

Ford cites 11.3 and 12.4 cubic meters of cargo capacity in the medium and high roof forms available in Australia – identical to an equivalent Transit 350L RWD diesel – while the gross vehicle mass of 4.2 tonnes and the payload of 1616 kg are also claimed.

A 12-inch Sync 4 touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation and live updates will be available in Australia. Other highlights include Normal, Eco, and Slippery drive modes, the pre-conditioning feature allowing drivers to adjust the cabin temperature while the vehicle is loading, and an E-specific rear suspension design. -Transit.

Ford’s typical five-year / unlimited-km warranty will apply to the E-Transit, along with an eight-year / 160,000 km warranty for the battery and other high-voltage components.

Ford Australia Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Deployment Detail

Ford Australia’s launch of hybrid and electric cars will be the PHEV exhaust Mid-size SUV (plug-in hybrid) in early 2022, followed by the above E-Transit electric van mid-2022.

“At least” three additional plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles will be launched in Australia by the end of 2024 – although the brand has yet to confirm how many additional vehicles beyond the first five will be offered locally.

Overwhelming global demand means that the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV remains banned to local buyers – with no fixed date by which right-hand drive supply will become available for an Australian launch – while the F-150 Lightning electric pickup is not integrated with right-hand drive, and is not in line to come down.

While the brand remains silent on which vehicles in its global electrified portfolio will arrive in Australia, it notes that its five and more new launches will be “largely” made up of fully electric battery-powered vehicles, rather than plug-in hybrids – suggesting at least three battery-electric cars for local roads.

Traditional “parallel” hybrids (as used by Toyota) and less lightweight hybrids are under consideration, Birkic saying, “We remain open to all types of powertrains and technologies. “

Ford of Europe has confirmed plans to launch a new small electric car based on Volkswagen’s modular MEB architecture, which is expected to be introduced in 2023 and manufactured in the same Cologne plant as the current Fiesta city car.

An electrified version of the next-generation Ranger utility has been confirmed, widely expected as a plug-in hybrid, while hybrid versions of various Ford passenger cars, vans and vans are also available in other markets.

However, the remaining three and more Ford hybrid and electric cars destined for Australia have yet to be identified or detailed.

“As part of our planning process, we certainly need to look at these [mystery electrified models], and have a perspective [on what they are], yes, ”Ford Australia President and CEO Andrew Birkic told Australian media today.

Pressed on the exact number of electrified Fords (beyond five) arriving in Australia by 2025, Birkic added: “I will not give [you] quite a few, but what I can tell you is that we will look at the opportunities and what we see happening globally. We also need to get feedback from our customers and dealers as we introduce these models. “

As part of its deployment in Australia, Ford Australia will work with charging station supplier Jet Charge to install charging stations at its dealer network, Campbellfield headquarters, You Yangs proving ground and logistics center. from Merrifield. The brand will also train its dealers in the servicing and maintenance of electric vehicles.

Stay tuned Drive for all the news on the Ford E-Transit and all its future electric and hybrid vehicles.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he launched his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular journalist on the press team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flipping through automotive magazines from an early age, to grow around performance. vehicles in a family that loves cars.

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