Ford E-Transit Custom

The E-Transit being a working tool doesn’t diminish range anxiety – after all, you can’t really plug in on a customer’s drive while on a job. However, a 64kWh battery delivers a WLTP range of 202 miles, while charging speeds of up to 125kW mean the battery can be topped up from 15-80% in just 41 minutes – or eight and a half hours using a 7kW wallbox.

Switching the E-Transit Custom to rear-wheel drive means there has been no compromise in terms of either the load volume or the ground clearance – something to consider when a dual-motor all-wheel-drive model goes on sale. As a result it’s still just as practical as the diesel.

A chunky kerb weight of 2255kg for the standard van leaves a payload of 970kg, close to the 1000kg capacity of its most obvious rival, the Vauxhall Vivaro Electric.

Short- and long-wheelbase models, with the promise of other body variants to come, mean there’s a Transit Custom for everyone. Even those who need to tow haven’t been neglected, thanks to a 2300kg towing capacity.

Starting prices of £43,380 excluding VAT make the E-Transit Custom a pricey option when the diesel van starts at £32,350. In comparison to rivals, though, it’s no more expensive than the £43,105 entry-level Vivaro Electric. Your average Joe will baulk at the MS-RT version’s £60,490 price tag, but for drivers looking to make a statement it will surely appeal.

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