2024 E-Transit: More Range, Faster Charging

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2024 E-Transit: More Range, Faster Charging

Ford is celebrating ten years of manufacturing Transit vans in the U.S. with a significant upgrade for the electric version of this iconic van, enhancing both its functionality and appeal for those who rely on it daily.

The 2024 E-Transit will feature an improved 89-kilowatt-hour high-voltage battery, which is a substantial increase of 21 kWh over the previous model. This upgrade boosts the van’s range considerably, offering up to 159 miles on a full charge for the low-roof versions – a 26% increase, according to Ford.

For the high-roof variants, the range has been boosted by 32%. While Ford hasn’t disclosed the exact maximum range for these models, given the 2023 version’s estimated 108 miles, the new battery could push this to about 143 miles on a full charge.

While many of today’s electric vehicles boast ranges of at least 200 miles, Ford’s analysis of over 2.5 million commercial van trips in America shows the average daily trip is just 74 miles. This means the updated E-Transit’s range more than doubles the daily requirement, offering significant reassurance to owners and operators.

This update positions the 2024 E-Transit competitively against its rivals, such as the 2024 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter with a 113-kWh battery and the 2024 Ram ProMaster EV, which features a 110-kWh battery pack.

The 2024 Ford E-Transit is not only getting a more powerful battery but also features enhanced charging capabilities with the addition of new dual onboard chargers. This upgrade boosts the DC fast charging capability from 115 kW to an impressive 178 kW. As a result, using a compatible DC fast charger, the van can now gain up to 67 miles of range in just 15 minutes, improving from the previous 47 miles in the same timeframe.

Charging efficiency continues to improve with the introduction of the Ford Pro Series 2 80 amp charging station, which can fully charge the E-Transit’s battery in approximately six hours and 11 minutes, marking a 22% increase in speed over the older model. Additionally, a new 48A charger is set to be available, featuring user-replaceable cables, an updated LCD screen, and cellular connectivity, eliminating the need for Wi-Fi. Orders for the Series 2 48A charger are expected to open in mid-2024.

The vehicle retains its rear-mounted electric motor, delivering 198 kW (266 hp) of power and 316 pound-feet of torque. The Pro Power Onboard system, offering up to 2.4 kW of power export from the battery, also remains a valuable feature for users requiring external power for tools or devices.

Available in various configurations, including two lengths, three roof heights, three body styles, and offering up to 487 cubic feet of cargo space, the 2024 E-Transit is priced starting at $51,095 (excluding shipping). Ford anticipates deliveries to commence later this year, and the updated E-Transit might also be eligible for a tax credit of up to $7,500, enhancing its appeal to potential buyers.

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