Ford is apparently giving yet another nameplate the EV treatment, but we’re guessing this time, the American carmaker won’t piss off as many people as it did when it launched the Mustang Mach-E. That’s because this time around, Ford is electrifying the Transit.
In addition to the electric F-150—a prototype of which we saw last year—the all-electric Transit that’s set to debut in Canada and the US in 2022 is the result of Ford’s $11.5-billion investment in electrification. Theoretically speaking, the Transit EV has a simple yet sensible formula: a cargo- and people-hauling machine that will have a smaller carbon footprint than its predecessors. Frankly, Metro Manila could use more vehicles like that.
For now, we’ve no idea yet what the e-van will look like, but Ford has announced that it will be “smart and connected.” A FordPass Connect modem with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot will enable the Ford Telematics feature. Up to 10 devices at a time can utilize the said modem.
The Transit EV will also have a myriad of driver-assist systems such as pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, post-collision braking, lane-keeping assist, and auto high-beam headlamps. Unfortunately, Ford hasn’t revealed any details on the powertrain setup as of this writing—we’ll have more for you on that as we have it.
“Commercial vehicles are a critical component to our big bet on electrification,” said Ford Motor Company chief operating officer Jim Farley. “As leaders in this space, we are accelerating our plans to create solutions that help businesses run better, starting with our all-electric Transit and F-150. This Ford Transit isn’t just about creating an electric drivetrain, it’s about designing and developing a digital product that propels fleets forward.”
Here in the Philippines, there’s only one Transit model available. You can read our latest feature on it by clicking here. And do tell us in the comments what you think about an all-electric people hauler, too.