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Britain’s most popular van has become all-electric with the introduction of the Ford E-Transit Custom - available in short and long wheelbase versions.


It will enter production in Autumn 2023, and will come equipped with a 74kWh battery delivering an expected range of 236 miles.


As the brand’s second electric-powered utility vehicle, the E-Transit Custom will be able to deliver up to 2.3kW of power to charge tools and other equipment from its battery. 


The battery will also be able to support 125kW of fast charging, meaning an 80 percent charge in 41 minutes.


Buyers can choose between a 215bhp and 234bhp model, both of which will use an electric motor mounted at the rear that develops 415Nm of torque. 


With these performance figures, Ford claims the E-Transit Custom’s electric drivetrain can deliver a class-leasing towing capacity of 2,000kg. 


In terms of capacity, the cargo area features a lower load floor which can carry a payload of up to 1,100kg.


Unlike the outgoing Custom, Ford says its new model can be specified with a new L-shaped bulkhead to accommodate space for five seats.


The E-Transit Custom's exterior features a large honeycomb grill - said to improve the van's aerodynamics, while slim LED headlights can be located either side of it.


The interior can be accessed via keyless entry, and is dominated by a 13-inch touchscreen running Ford’s latest SYNC-4 infotainment system. This is accompanied by a digital instrument cluster which displays speed, navigation and vehicle information.


The steering wheel can also tilt inwards to create a flat surface for using a laptop or eating lunch on. 


Jim Farley, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, said: “The E-Transit Custom {is} redefining what a commercial vehicle can do – powering working people and businesses into a new digital age.


“Our customers made Transit Custom the most popular commercial vehicle in Europe, and we’ve listened to those customers for well over 50 years.


“The new E-Transit Custom was designed and engineered to meet their needs – a Transit for the new era, but one that can still get its hands dirty when a job needs doing.”

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Harry Leahey 30/09/22