Ford E-Transit live tested with major fleets

Ford is live-testing its range of Ford E-Transit with a number of large scale fleet customers around the world ahead of its launch next year.

As well as last mile and grocery deliveries the E-Transit is to be tested in construction and waste disposal amongst other real-world live tests of the platform.

Some of the fleets include AWB, Balfour Beatty, the City of Cologne municipal fleet, DHL Express, DPD, Norwegian Post, online supermarket Ocado and Recover Nordic, with the six- and 12-month trials taking place in Germany, Norway and the UK.

Dave Petts, market lead, urban electrified vans, Ford of Europe, said: “Real-world mileage in customer hands helps us to show the business benefits that E-Transit can deliver, as well as providing valuable feedback on usage patterns and charging behaviour so that we can refine the operating experience.”

Ford has done the same type of live testing before with its Custom Plug-In Hybrid van, that as well as showing Ford any weaknesses from hard use, shows the client firms what exactly the strengths and weaknesses of the vehicles are.

The tests will involve 10 prototypes that include double-cab-in-van, chassis cab and normal vans. They will have a payload capacity of up to around 1,800kg.

One of the major selling points of the Ford E-Transit is its list price – at £42,695+VAT it is significantly cheaper than its other major rivals such as Mercedes and Vauxhall. It also has a greater payload capacity and range.

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