White Van Man goes green as Ford Transit starts electric production

The white Transit van that fills your car’s mirrors may be more than a minor irritation – it’s probably greener than you. Ford has started shipping early production versions of the E-Transit, the all-electric version of the company’s popular cargo van.

At a celebratory event at the company’s Gölcük plant in Kocaeli, Turkey, where the vehicle is being built, the first models rolled out of production before being delivered to European customers. The company says it has already received more than 5,000 orders for the electric van, while production is just beginning.

Hans Schep, Managing Director of Ford Pro, Europe, said: “The Ford Otosan plant in Kocaeli is the heart of Transit production in Europe, and this celebration of E-Transit manufacturing opens the next electrified chapter. of our already solid partnership. This is the first step in a transformation of the Kocaeli site which will see it become a major manufacturing center for electric utility vehicles in Europe.

The E-Transit is the first of two electric utility vehicles coming from Ford this year and is part of the Ford Pro ecosystem of end-to-end charging, telematics, service and financing. It is the only mainstream electric van available in eight configurations, with three roof heights and three body lengths available, as well as cutaway and chassis cab versions.

In August last year, Ford began trials of the E-Transit in Germany, Norway and the UK, with various partners in sectors including post, utilities and grocery delivery. Ten prototype vehicles with different configurations were tested in real-world conditions, helping to inform final vehicle development.

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