The commercial vehicle sector is increasingly being affected by the energy transition; so much so that for certain uses, such as an urban one, this type of propulsion is a congenial response to their needs. However, at this stage, the models on the market are not yet fruit of original designs and specifically dedicated platforms, but rather variants of traditional ones, based on a design that is still classic, even if in sync with the times. The efforts to distinguish them, even visually, are currently concentrated on details and finishes.
This is confirmed by the latest model due on the market in these days, namely the new Ford E-Transit, a zero-emission variant of the Blue Oval’s Large Van. Equipped with a 100% electric powertrain, it takes up the shape and design of the traditionally powered variants that have ensured the success of the eighth generation, launched back in 2014. Although the size and lines are almost the same, the new Ford E-Transit differs from its conventionally powered twin in the addition of distinctive design elements. The front end features the classic hexagonal grille embellished with three light blue stripes and the flap containing the vehicle’s charging sockets.
In the cab or double cab van version, the words E-Transit appear in capital letters on the tailgate, highlighted by another blue strip. As with the exterior design, the interior of the passenger compartment remains true to the characteristics of the conventionally powered versions. At the centre of the dashboard is the 12″ touchscreen which, for the first time on a commercial vehicle, houses the SYNC 4 infotainment system with a number of functions specifically designed for the zero-emission vehicle.