The IAA Transportation 2022, an international transportation expo, has officially opened in Hannover. Ford Pro unveiled its latest digital solutions, improving vehicle uptime and boosting client productivity. Ford just debuted their brand new E-Transit Custom van to the world at the international transport show. To that end, Ford Pro unveiled the all-electric E-Transit Custom and provided additional information about the van, which is also offered as a plug-in hybrid in multiple EcoBlue diesel configurations.
Ford also introduced an innovative new system for custom vehicles called the "Ford Pro Upfit Integration System" in the same vein. Customers who regularly use built-up trucks will find this system particularly useful because it helps to hold their hands as they make the shift from analog to digital.
Ford's new Transit Custom, which features the electric E-Transit Custom at its core, is available in more configurations than ever before, including as a plug-in hybrid. Therefore, consumers can select the vehicle that functions best for them.
The new Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid is predicted to have a range of up to 57 km, while the E-Transit Custom has a range of up to 380 km. The plug-in hybrid has the same 2.5-liter Atkinson petrol engine and 11.8-kWh battery as Ford's best-selling Kuga Plug-in Hybrid. Future van buyers will be able to easily switch between electric and gasoline power, depending on whether they're in the city or on the highway. The new Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid also comes with the ingenious 'ProPower onboard,' which can provide up to 2.3 kW of electricity to run tools and other accessories.
Ford's newest EcoBlue diesel engines (110 hp, 136 hp, 150 hp, or 170 hp) can also be had in the new Transit Custom. If preferred, the six-speed manual transmission can be ordered with a mechanical differential lock. In addition, a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission is made available; this model can tow up to 2,500 kilograms and features four-wheel drive for the first time.
The new generation of Ford Transit Custom vans is compatible with the FordPass Pro app and other Ford Pro services, such as Ford Pro Software and Ford Pro Telematics. With Ford Live Connected, customers may enjoy greater reliability.
Ford Otosan, a Turkish automaker, will manufacture the new Transit Custom in Kocaeli. It is anticipated that EcoBlue-powered vans would begin arriving in the middle of 2023, while the other varieties will hit the market by the end of 2020.
In Europe, built-up versions of the Transit account for 50% of all sales. The van's electrical systems, including the touch screen, must be compatible with several upgrades. It can be difficult and time-consuming for the conscientious constructor to implement these modifications. Ford has developed the "Upfit Integration System" to facilitate this procedure.
The introduction of the new Ford Transit Custom coincides with the introduction of this digital solution throughout Europe. The van's 13-inch SYNC 4 may be used as a remote for electrical accessories and devices. As a result, the construction crew can finish more in less time, and the van driver will appreciate the improved usability.
Ford Pro, the company's mobile service center, was also unveiled. No matter where a consumer is—at home, in the office, or elsewhere—the workshop can assist. In the United Kingdom, 70% of all preventative maintenance is performed via mobile service. This is projected to increase to 90% upon the fully electric Ford E-Transit and Ford E-Transit Custom release. Customers of Ford anticipate significant savings on downtime expenses and dealer visits thanks to this service.
One of the various services and software options available to Ford buyers is the Ford Pro Mobile Service. For instance, when utilizing FordLiive, the company claims that downtime is cut by 60%. This technology has already increased the number of days vans are available for use in Europe by as much as 145,000 so far in 2018, saving clients an estimated 73 million Euros.