Ford Motor's battery-powered version of its Transit full-sized van will compete in Europe against rival vans from PSA Group, Fiat and Mercedes-Benz as more automakers pivot to electric to meet increasingly tough emissions targets for light commercial vehicles.
The E-Transit will offer van buyers an alternative to diesel vehicles in cities looking to restrict entry to internal combustion vehicles.
The van's 265 hp output and 430 newton-meters of torque will make it the most powerful full-electric van sold in Europe, Ford said in a statement.
The E-Transit targets an estimated WLTP driving range of up to 350 km (217 miles) – about three times the distance the average European fleet driver covers daily, Ford said. The van is expected to have a range of up to 203 km (126 miles) under U.S. testing procedures.
The E-Transit will be built alongside combustion engine Transit models in Ford's plant in Turkey for European production, while North American production will be at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missour
European sales will start in spring 2022.