2024 Ford E-Transit Custom electric van detailed, on track for Australia

The next Ford Transit Custom van will be available with an electric option in Australia come 2024, with a claimed 380km of driving range.

More details of the 2024 Ford E-Transit Custom electric van have been confirmed, ahead of an Australian launch on track for sometime in 2024.

It is the electric version of the next-generation Ford Transit Custom mid-sized van – alongside diesel and hybrid versions, also expected in 2024 – which is being developed in partnership with German giant Volkswagen, and will spawn the next VW Transporter van.

Powering the E-Transit Custom is a 74kWh battery pack – with cells shared with the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pick-up in the US – and a 160kW/415Nm electric motor driving the rear wheels in Australian models.

Ford claims a “targeted” driving range rating of 380km on one charge – competitive with a Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo van, and greater than the larger Ford E-Transit, which has a smaller battery pack.

DC fast charging at up to 124kW is available, allowing for a 15 to 80 per cent recharge in a claimed 41 minutes, and the ability to add “almost” 38km of range in five minutes “in lab testing”.

AC home or office charging at up to 11kW is also available, delivering a full recharge in a claimed 7.2 hours.

A heat pump is standard in the new van – which uses wasted heat energy from the battery and motor for other applications, such as air conditioning – as is regenerative braking with a one-pedal mode.

In long-wheelbase panel van form, the Ford E-Transit Custom will offer a 3450mm maximum load length, and either 6.8 or 9.0 cubic metres of load volume, depending on whether the standard or high roof is optioned.

All models are fitted with semi-trailing arm independent rear suspension, assisting in a 100mm-lower floor than the outgoing Transit Custom, and improved handling. The battery pack is integrated into the load floor in a way that eliminates the need for extra crash structures, and reduces weight.

The front wheels and suspension strut towers have been shifted forward to improve foot space for front occupants, and reduce the front overhang for better manoeuvrability.

The new E-Transit Custom wears the company’s newest styling cues, with similar proportions to the outgoing Transit Custom, but a distinctive front end with an octagonal faux ‘grille’, LED headlights and tail-lights, aerodynamic wheel designs.

These contribute to a 10 per cent reduction in aerodynamic drag compared to the current Transit Custom.

Inside, a digital instrument cluster and 13-inch infotainment touchscreen are situated in a single panel tilted towards the driver, running the same Sync 4 infotainment software as other new Ford models.

The squared-off steering wheel is capable of tilting upwards to become an “ergonomic” stand for laptops and tablets, or be fitted with a flat surface to place a notebook or a meal on.

Other interior highlights include a column-mounted shifter and electric handbrake to improve passenger space and allow for three seats across, and special cabin material patterns “designed to use textures that avoid trapping dirt and water”.

A Driver Focus Mode for the air conditioning system directs airflow to the driver only – as many van drivers don’t often take passengers – while an “intelligent windscreen” monitors temperature and humidity to “automatically makes small heat and airflow changes to proactively keep the windscreen clear”.

The new Ford E-Transit Custom is due in Australia in 2024, built in a factory in Otosan, Turkey also set to make diesel-engined Transit Custom models, and the Ford van’s twin, the Volkswagen Transporter.

Pricing and local specifications will be confirmed closer to launch.

Development of both vans will be led by Ford, and they will be built at Ford’s Otosan, Turkey factory – however it’s unclear if the new Transporter will wear different sheetmetal, like the VW Amarok and Ford Ranger twins, or will be distinguished by bumpers and/or badges only.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines at a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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