Earlier this week at a “Go Further” event held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ford revealed that it will be producing an all-electric version of its Transit van in 2021.
The American carmaker teased the forthcoming all-electric van by rolling a camouflaged prototype of the production van on stage during the announcement. However, along with the press release, Ford also offered studio images of a vehicle it is calling the Ford Transit All-Electric Smart Energy Concept.
Ford bragged the van can travel 93 miles on a single charge. A full recharge is achieved in just four hours. The carmaker did not reveal if these specs will carry over to the production van. For sake of competitive comparison, Mercedes’ new all-electric EVQ van concept boast a 248-mile range.
While the onstage van looked essentially like today’s fossil-fuel-powered Transit, the Transit All-Electric Smart Energy Concept looks a bit more, let’s say, futuristic. It has a modified grille with an illuminated iconic Ford oval and blue “Electric” badging.
The real distinction between the standard Transit and the Transit All-Electric Smart Energy Concept comes on the interior. The minibus can fit 10 passengers. However, that’s pretty standard.
On its dash, however, is a huge tablet-like touchscreen. On it, occupants can monitor battery charge levels, energy consumption, and energy source. Look closely and we can see that ‘solar’ is shown in the press image. Presumably, this means the van has rooftop solar panels from which it can recharge its batteries.
Ford did not reveal if it will be bringing the all-electric production Transit van into the American market. Chances are, given its obsession with its ‘one Ford’ plan, which compels the carmaker to offer the same models across the globe, it seems likely it will bring the EV van stateside. We’ll have to wait until closer to the 2021 production date to find out for sure, however.