The Transit's standard rear leaf-spring suspension has been swapped out for independent suspension set up to better incorporate the underfloor battery pack without encroaching into the load space.
The vehicle's front suspension has also been toughened to cope with the extra weight. "We have made very significant changes to the chassis and the platform," Reder said.
Customers will be able to option a 2.3 kW Pro Power onboard mobile generator which gives an alternative power source to replace a mobile generator.
Ford has not revealed prices for the van, which is expected to be substantially more expensive than the standard diesel model, which costs 26,725 pounds ($35,110), excluding VAT, in the UK, Ford's largest European market.
The Citroen e-Jumpy 75 kWh, in comparison, costs from 42,380 pounds ($55,692) in the UK, excluding VAT, almost double the cheapest diesel equivalent.
Ford said the E-Transit will start from about $46,000 in the U.S., including shipping.
Ford says operators will make savings from reduced servicing costs, which it claims could be 40 percent lower than a standard diesel model.
Charging the van is via either a standard 11.3 kW on-board charger or a 115 kW fast-charging option.
Using the latter will top-up the battery from 15 percent to 80 percent in around 34 minutes, Ford said.
The E-Transit will offer customers connectivity options such as telematics services to help fleets monitor parameters such as the usage and battery life of the vans. It could also enable a geo-fencing feature, which could alert fleet managers if vans go outside a certain area.
The FordPass Connect modem will offer over-the-air updates, while Ford's Sync infotainment technology would be accessed via a 12-inch touchscreen.
Driver assist technology will include adaptive cruise control, lane change assist and a 360-degree parking camera.
The large Transit is not part of Ford's commercial vehicle partnership with Volkswagen, which covers compact vans equivalent to VW's Caddy, a midsize van equivalent to Ford's Transit Custom, and also a pickup to replace both the Ford Ranger and VW Amarok.
Ford and VW are "still exploring opportunities with VW," Reder said on the webcast, including possibly collaborating on a new large van.