9 May 2022
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Ford reveals new E-Transit Custom as first Ford E-Transit models leave Ford Otosan factory for customers in Europe

Ford Pro has released the first details of its all-new all-electric E-Transit Custom which will go into production in the second half of 2023. Ford says it sets a new benchmark in Europe’s one-tonne van segment and help businesses across the region to effortlessly make the change to electrified vehicles.

The E-Transit Custom is the newest addition to Ford Pro’s electrified line-up and follows the all-electric E-Transit that began production in March this year. Ford has made a commitment to reach zero emissions for all Ford vehicle sales in Europe and carbon neutrality across its European footprint by 2035. It says the E-Transit is the first of four further all-electric commercial vehicles Ford Pro will introduce by 2024 to join the E-Transit two-tonne van as part of the iconic Transit family, including the Transit Custom and Transit Courier vans, as well as Tourneo Custom and Tourneo Courier people movers.

“This is a watershed moment for commercial vehicle operators in Europe, and another hugely significant realisation of our Ford Pro ambitions,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe. “Europe’s best-selling van just went all-electric and – supported by our unique Ford Pro one-stop-shop of productivity-boosting services – the operating benefits this will bring to business across Europe cannot be overstated.”

The E-Transit Custom’s dynamic new styling will set a distinctive new design benchmark in the one-tonne van segment. Its new expressive and sculptural design features rebalanced proportions, a confident stance and full LED lighting.

A targeted driving range of up to 236 miles, DC fast-charging, and full towing capability make the new E-Transit Custom a working vehicle suitable for companies of all sizes.

The new van will use sophisticated connectivity and new features developed using in-depth insights from van users to ensure E-Transit Custom provides an unmatched customer experience. One of theses is ProPower Onboard technology which will provide exportable power for tools, lights and devices while on site.

The all-electric E-Transit Custom will enter production in the second half of 2023 – part of the most extensive Transit Custom range ever offered to European customers. Further product details will be released in September this year.

All Transit Custom variants will be built by Ford Otosan – Ford’s joint venture in Turkey – at their Kocaeli site, the home of European Transit manufacturing, delivered as part of Ford Otosan’s previously announced €2 billion investment in its facilities. Ford, SK On Co., Ltd. and Koç Holding also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an industry-leading joint venture to create one of Europe’s largest commercial vehicle battery facilities, targeting a mid-decade production start and an annual capacity in the range of 30 to 45 Gigawatt hours.

Ford has also announced that it has started shipping the first production units of its all-electric E-Transit van to customers across Europe from the Ford Otosan factory in Kocaeli, Turkey. This moment was celebrated at the Gölcük plant with a ceremony involving Turkish government representatives, investors, employees and media.

Following strong early demand for E-Transit from European businesses – with over 5,000 customer orders received before vehicles roll off the assembly line – Ford Otosan is now moving to full mass production.

“Ford Otosan’s Kocaeli plant is the heart of Transit production in Europe, and this celebration of E-Transit manufacturing starts the electrified next chapter in our already strong partnership,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe. “This is the first step in a transformation of the Kocaeli site which will see it become a major centre for electric commercial vehicle manufacturing in Europe.”

“Production of E-Transit in our Kocaeli plant, where the electricity is supplied with 100 per cent renewable energy, is a source of pride for us and another turning point in our increasing role in Ford’s electrification strategy” said Güven Özyurt, general manager, Ford Otosan. “We believe that electrification of the legendary Transit model is a major development and an important step for making Ford Otosan the production base of Ford electrified commercial vehicles.”

To meet demand for future electrified Ford models, Ford Otosan is investing €2 billion and growing employment by around 3,000 to increase vehicle production capacity, including for the next-generation Transit Custom model.

Ford Pro has already proven E-Transit’s durability with demanding testing in high-tech facilities around the world. The company is now running a wider programme of customer pilots with a total of 60 pre-production E-Transits, including converted models, operating in typical daily use with customers across France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and the UK, helping Ford Pro to optimise its always-on supporting products and services to deliver optimum efficiency and productivity for businesses.