When picking up a Walmart food order this morning behind the building was this new Ford E-Transit van. Curiosity got the best of me so I stopped and took a quick look and shot a few photos. Its matching EV charging station was mounted on the wall next to where it was parked. The sticker’s MSRP Is $56,820.00. Its battery warranty is 8yr/100k and considering it will be used for Walmart+ delivery I’d think in two years it would reach 100k miles, so no battery warranty. It’s only money!
From Ford Motor Company: The best-selling commercial van in the U.S. is helping lead business into the future. Introducing the all-new, U.S.-assembled Ford E-Transit van. The only electric work van that has the backing of the Ford Motor Company. That means an entire ecosystem of products, software, and charging solutions that will allow you to smoothly transition to the future of business.
By leveraging more than 30 million miles of Ford Pro Telematics data, we learned that the average daily range from commercial vans in the U.S. is 74 miles. Of course, we also understand that there are days when those distances are higher and recognize the need to adjust for factors such as cold weather. We consequently designed E-Transit with a targeted 126 miles of range (Cargo Van low-roof models).
J.D. Power Reports: 2022 Ford E-Transit Charging Time Estimates. If you put more than 100 miles per day on your commercial van, you might be wondering how long it takes to recharge a Ford E-Transit. Here are the charging time details for the cargo van in its standard low-roof non-extended configuration (the version that travels 126 miles on a charge):
- Standard household wall outlet: Ford gives no charging estimate
- 240-volt outlet using standard charging cord: 10 miles of added range per hour, or about 12 hours to recharge
- Level 2 Ford Connected Charge Station: 15 miles of added range per hour, or about 8 hours to recharge
- 115-kW DC Fast Charger: 30 miles of range in 10 minutes, and 45 miles of range in 15 minutes
It’s my opinion that this Ford E-Transit van being used for delivery might become a charging time debacle. Considering J.D. Power reported that charging time with the Ford wall-mounted charger is about 8 hours. As in gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles your range per tank/charge would vary.
Delivery people leaving the air conditioning on when making deliveries will zap more power. Where I’m living is 8,7 miles from my home to Walmart’s pickup area, round trip. I live relatively close to my Walmart Superstore, but some distances from Walmart to residences can be a good 20+ miles. Time will tell if this E-Transit van will work out for Walmart.
At least with Gasoline or Diesel power is quick to fill the tank and keep going. Can you imagine going on a road trip and having to stop for hours to recharge your EV? Electric cars were hot for the elite class back in the 1900s but faded as charging times and the range was unacceptable. Been there done that!
Did you know your gas or diesel-powered vehicle uses its battery only to start the car? The battery is for starting the engine and running any accessories when the engine is shut off. When the engine starts up its alternator replaces any energy in the battery that was used to start the car. Then the battery is disconnected from the electrical system and provides the energy needed to operate the car, including running the air conditioning, radio, etc. When the alternator goes bad the battery provides the energy needed. When it’s dead you stop and call a tow truck. Just like your EV when it’s dead! 😥