Ford has just revealed its third electric van — the all-new 2023 E-Transit Courier, which is its smallest electric commercial vehicle to date. The compact van is expected to hit European markets next year, and will reportedly come with 25 per cent additional load volume and more flexible load area, in addition to Ford Pro’s connected all-in-one services that are specifically designed to address business needs.
Word of the E-Transit Courier arrives on the undeniable success of its predecessors — over the last year, the E-Transit has become the top-selling commercial EV in North America, and is described as a “game changer” for business customers such as Coke Canada and the US Postal Service.
The E-Transit Courier features an all-new body design and increased dimensions, with a total cargo volume of 2.9 cubic meters, a 100 kW motor, one-pedal driving capabilities, a load-through bulkhead feature, a new “Squircle” steering wheel, and a new “digiboard” with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and 12-inch SYNC 4 touchscreen.
The electric van boasts DC fast charging ability up to 100 kW, which Ford expects will add 87km of range in 10 minutes and charge from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in less than 35 minutes. The maximum payload is more than 1,500 lbs, while the maximum towing weight comes in at 1,653 lbs. Ford is also offering an optional ‘Office Pack’, that includes a foldaway flat work surface and lighting which can be used as a sort of mobile desk.
Ford expects the E-Transit to have significantly lower ownership costs — 35 per cent less than diesel-powered models, to be precise. Even better, the automaker is offering one year of complimentary access to the BlueOval Charge Network, and customers with five or more vehicles will receive a free year of Ford Pro E-Telematics to help optimize EV fleet management.
The E-Transit Courier will be offered in both van and double-cab-in-van body styles, but sadly there are no plans as of yet to bring this handy EV to North America.