The new pro side at Ford, which lifts the veil on the latest iteration of its best-selling van. Design, connectivity, versatility, services… Head to London to discover the Ford E-Transit Custom.
Automobile Propre is one of the few privileged Europeans who were able to attend the presentation of the Ford E-Transit Custom. The opportunity for us to discover in detail the 100% electric and ultra-connected utility vehicle signed Ford, but not only. The brand indeed gives us an overview of the Ford D-Lab and the extent of Ford PRO services. On the program today: an even more practical 100% electric van, and the cream of connected services for professionals.
The Ford E-Transit Custom on the look side: Mach-E-fication
New look for a new life. A true best-seller in the blue oval, the Ford E-Transit Custom gets a facelift this year. As a reminder, it has been 7 years since Ford is the number 1 fleet vehicle in Europe. The utility first plays the design card and it does it well. It thus adopts a front end closer to the Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV than that of the Transit. The look is sharper, more racy, and overall more aerodynamic. What make it more attractive, always further from the not very sexy image of a classic utility. The light signatures evolve with finesse, as does the grille and the more streamlined Ford logo at the front. The set is well executed to our taste, the Ford E-Transit Custom will undoubtedly continue to seduce companies.
Ford announces that it has worked directly with users of the small utility van to maximize its practicality. The brand takes into account the opinion of small and medium-sized businesses, starting with versatility and everyday accessibility. The main new features of the Ford E-Transit Custom:
- Cargo volume from 5.8 to 9.0 m³
- Payload up to 1,100 kg
- 2,000 kg towing capacity
- Maximum loading length of 3,450 mm
- L-shaped partition
- Tilt steering
- Ford Pro ecosystem
- “Mobile Office” workspace
- Standard steam injection heat pump
- “Ford Pro Charging” charging management
- Numerous remote updates (more than 30 modules)
- “Delivery Assist” functions for assistance during deliveries
- Digital key with multi-user permissions
- Diagnosis complete in temps réel via Ford Live
Performance and autonomy: intelligent management
The Ford E-Transit Custom offers two engine options: 100 kW (136 hp) or 160 kW (217 hp). The engine is directly attached to the rear floor, and develops 415 Nm of torque in propulsion. The electric supply of the van is ensured by a pack of batteries of 400 V and 74 kWh. This uses the same 82 Ah cells as the Ford F-150 Lightning. Enough to display an energy density 12% higher than that of the Ford E-Transit. The whole promises 380 km of autonomy, four times the average mileage (about 90 km/day) of Ford Pro customers. Ford Pro Charging makes energy management easier for businesses, especially those that don’t necessarily have fleet managers. The software simplifies planning and payment of refills at home, at the depot, or at the station. Intelligent management of course makes it possible to plan charging at off-peak times, for example.
The battery requires 7 to 8 hours of charging in 11 kW (AC). In fast charge 125 kW, 41 minutes are enough to go from 15 to 80% of energy. Still in 125 kW, tests indicate a recovery of 38 km of autonomy in just 5 minutes. On the driving side, the Ford E-Transit Custom retains advantages such as the independent rear suspension, essential in urban areas. Electric operation reinforces serenity at the wheel, with the arrival of a One Pedal mode. Always appreciable to save the brakes and recover a little energy on the way. As for the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the complete stop of the van will be possible without touching the brake pedal. Let’s get inside the utility, shown here as a right-hand-drive prototype model. All of the controls are therefore not functional, and the instrumentation taken from the thermal model. Fortunately, the other innovations are there.
A mobile anti “downtime” bureau
“Uptime”. These are the phases during which a vehicle is in motion, in use for its movements and deliveries. The “downtime”, you will have understood it, it is therefore all the rest. A stationary utility, broken down, recharging, or in the garage, is in downtime and therefore unproductive. Reducing this downtime is crucial for businesses, and the Ford E-Transit Custom addresses that as much as possible. This is thanks to the D-Ford laboratory, which relies on data analysis to anticipate the slightest of these “downtimes”. Upcoming maintenance, a tire losing pressure, everything is scrutinized in real time in order to alert the driver and the fleet manager accordingly. In the future, the diagnosis of an intervention vehicle will even be able to indicate the status of the light bar, for example. Anti-downtime also involves charging management.
Beyond the connectivity arsenal of the Ford E-Transit Custom, the van does not forget the comfort on board. The van is indeed a real headquarters for its drivers. Ford transforms the cabin into a particularly attractive “Mobile Office”. Starting with the tilt steering wheel, whose rim can adopt two additional positions. Inclined (practical for a computer or notepad), or flat with an additional tray. A very clever system, which comes with USB ports conveniently scattered around the cabin. The slightly forward position of the front axle, coupled with the flat floor, facilitates access on board for the three occupants in the front. Adaptive LED lighting, ceiling light, additional storage… Nothing is left to chance. The E-Transit Custom therefore makes it possible to work or have lunch on the go more comfortably than ever.
Automated functions for the Ford E-Transit Custom
The high-tech suite is completed with standard 5G connectivity and a 14-inch SYNC 4 multimedia screen. Finally, special mention to the Delivery Assist. This function automates certain actions of the Ford E-Transit Custom during deliveries. Delivery drivers can make up to 200 stops and deliver 500 packages per day. Stops that involve an average of 20 seconds dedicated to a small routine: activating the hazard warning lights, rolling up the windows, leaving and locking the vehicle. The Delivery Assist can be programmed according to your needs in order to perform one or more actions automatically. These therefore return to their initial state by resuming their place on board the van. Practical and smart. The E-Transit Custom will go into production next year, and will be dedicated to the European market. Automobile Propre pro readers, what do you think?