When it comes to business fleet vehicles, the Ford Transit has been holding the title for best-selling cargo van since 2016. With four different models, ranging from about $34,000 to $42,000, it’s touted as “the ultimate business partner.” The Ford Transit has been around since 1965, with its last facelift in 2013.
Ford Transit gets a major makeover
But that’s about to change! This light commercial vehicle is getting a major makeover, going digital with an all-electric version for the 2022 model year in the U.S. and Canada. eTags California learned that Ford intends to lead the transition to zero emissions in the cargo van segment. Ford’s U.S. truck and van fleet sales have grown 33% over the past 5 years. Overall van sales just had the best fourth quarter results since 1978 on sales of 59,930 vans. For the year, Ford van sales totaled 240,529 vehicles. The automaker expects electric vehicles to grow to 8% of the industry in 2025 in the U.S.
Introducing a more sustainable fleet
The all-new, all-electric Ford Transit is part of an $11.5 billion electrification investment for the company. The new smart technology will deliver more performance, capability, productivity and sustainability for business fleets. Business owners and fleet managers will have Ford’s full support thanks to an electric vehicle-certified dealer network of over 700 commercial vehicle centers statewide and in Canada.
Better driver behavior for the future
The Ford Transit will optimize fleet efficiency, reduce waste, and improve driver behavior thanks to insights about operator performance. Fleets can leverage the data collected through Ford Telematics™ using an embedded FordPass Connect™ modem featuring a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices.
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Pre-collision assist and automatic emergency breaking
Fleet managers will have access to Ford Data Services™ tools such as live map GPS tracking, geofencing and diagnostics with key performance indicators, both for the vehicle and driver. The 2020 Ford Transit will also feature driver-assist technologies to improve driver confidence and prevent/or reduce collision severity. The all-electric cargo van includes standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking plus Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Post-Collision Braking, Lane-Keeping System and auto high-beam headlamps.
Less maintenance, more tax incentives
With the all-new, all-electric cargo van, business fleets will have no more need to stop for gas. There will be less scheduled maintenance, and overall lover operating costs. These vehicles can go where their internal combustion engines can’t, including indoors, limited ventilation areas, an where there’s restrictive noise ordinances. Best of all, an all-electric cargo van also means federal, state, and local tax incentives.
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