Late last year, Ford Philippines returned to the people carrier segment with the massive Transit van. Measuring nearly 6 meters long, over 2.4 meters wide, and standing at 2.5 meters tall, their newest van is absolutely massive. Given its huge dimensions and 15-seat capability, it's no wonder Ford's new people carrier is powered by a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel powerplant. There's even a 3.5-liter EcoBoost option in North America.
However, Ford wants to get in deeper with the whole electric revolution. With that, Ford said that they will be introducing a pure-electric version of the Transit van. They're serious about it too, and they aim to launch it by 2022.
The all-electric Transit is part of the company's $11.5 billion (PhP 583.9 billion) investment in electrification through 2022. It will be available with a wide array of chassis options, body styles, three roof heights, and three different body lengths. Ford also claims that the EV Transit will have uncompromised cargo carrying capacity thanks to its powerful electric motors.
“Commercial vehicles are a critical component to our big bet on electrification. 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,” said Jim Farley, Chief Operating Officer, Ford Motor Company.
Ford has yet to reveal what the electric Transit will look like. But based on the teaser photo provided, it might not look so different than an internal-combustion engined Transit. Our best guess is that it will have a different front grill, as well as some distinct badges in order to differentiate itself from the rest.
The automaker said that the upcoming electric Transit will benefit fleet customers who wish to use the van in logistics and other commercial endeavors due to lower operating costs of EVs. Ford also mentioned that since it doesn't produce any carbon emissions, this particular Transit could benefit from road tax, as well as from excise tax.
The electric Transit will join the likes of the yet-to-be-released electric Ford F-150 as one of the brand's premiere electrified commercial vehicles. But will it be available to the Philippine market once it's released stateside? For now there is a very slim chance of it being offered here since the Philippine-spec Transit is sourced from Turkey.