Ford launches electric cargo van priced under $45,000
The latest step in Ford's foray into electric vehicles is a cargo van arriving late next year with a starting price under $45,000.
Why it matters: Ford wants to defend its hold on the commercial vehicle market where there's growing demand for electric delivery and utility vans by companies looking to make good on carbon-cutting pledges or comply with new rules.
Driving the news: Thursday's rollout of the E-Transit makes this point in all kinds of ways.
- The range isn't huge — 126 miles — but neither is the cost, and it makes sense for vehicles that operate in urban delivery routes with access to centralized charging.
- Ted Cannis, a top exec in Ford's commercial business, called it "ideal for commercial customers who know their drive routes and often work in urban environments."
- They're also touting an optional feature called the Pro Power Onboard, which provides enough mobile power to run "everything from belt sanders to circular saws."
Of note: Part of the van's rollout is making the case that the transition for existing customers would be seamless.
- Ford emphasized that its new electric van has the same interior cargo dimensions and mounting points for racks, bins and so forth as the internal combustion version Transit model.