Ford launches deliveries of the E-Transit in the USA
Ford has started deliveries of the E-Transit in the USA. Orders for 10,000 units of the E-Transit, which is built at the Kansas City plant, have already been received from 300 customers in the USA.
The E-Transit follows the Mustang Mach-E as the latest all-electric vehicle. It is part of Ford’s more than $30 billion investment in electrification through 2025, the company writes in a press release. The F-150 Lightning and F-150 Lightning Pro are scheduled to launch this spring.
The Kansas City assembly plant where the new E-Transit is made is the first Ford plant in the US to assemble both the battery packs and the all-electric vehicles themselves. For the E-Transit, Ford had invested $100 million (€87.5 million) in the plant and created 150 new full-time jobs.
By the end of 2023, the manufacturer said it will have a global production capacity of 600,000 battery-electric vehicles, including more than 200,000 Mustang Mach-E SUVs and 150,000 F-150 Lightning trucks. Work is currently underway to increase E-Transit production as well, it said.
One of the customers of the E-Transit is the US retail group Walmart, which ordered 1,100 units of the vehicle a few weeks ago. The 300 customers mentioned above include “businesses of all sizes” – from one-man operations to municipalities such as the city of Orlando to Walmart – according to information provided at the end of January.
At the same time, Ford unveiled its ‘Ford Pro’ system, a cloud-based platform designed to support customers with a range of services. “We are integrating an intelligent management system—more data, more uptime, more productivity, smart charging and much less hassle,” said Ford CEO Jim Farley. “Ford Pro is leading Ford’s transformation to an always-on relationship with our customers and it is one of our biggest bets to lead the connected, electric mobility future.”