AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, April 6, 2023 – Ford New Zealand today confirmed the E-Transit Courier, a ground-up new all-electric commercial vehicle1 bringing enhanced connectivity and productivity for compact van customers through FordPass, will be launching locally.
Extending Ford’s line-up of innovative electrified vehicles in segments people love, such as the Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit Cargo, the all-new E-Transit Courier is fully integrated with Ford’s connectivity platform including FordPass to further drive efficient operation including identifying journey and management tools.
To further boost productivity, E-Transit Courier has been completely redesigned around a larger, more flexible cargo area that delivers 25 per cent more load volume than the outgoing model, plus enhanced capability including increased payload2 and space for two Euro pallets.
Part of Ford’s US$50 billion+ global push to lead the EV revolution, the E-Transit Courier is the next step as the company electrifies its iconic Transit family of commercial vehicles, joining the larger E-Transit and E-Transit Custom models in the Transit portfolio.
“E-Transit Courier moves its segment up a level with uncompromised EV performance, higher load capacity and fully connected support,” said Simon Rutherford, Managing Director, Ford New Zealand “Ford New Zealand’s continued leadership of the commercial market gives us unrivalled insight into customers’ needs and means we can help them maximize productivity from their compact vans with more connectivity and capability than ever.”
All-new E-Transit Courier will make its public debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, from April 18-20, and is scheduled to enter production later in 2024.
All-electric productivity and charging solutions
E-Transit Courier’s all-electric powertrain has been engineered to deliver an uncompromised driving experience for customers, including a powerful 100 kW motor and one-pedal driving capability. Full performance and range details will be confirmed closer to launch.
Ford New Zealand has also collaborated with Singer Electric for hardware installation and management of charging solutions for home or business. In addition, customers who purchase an electric vehicle from Ford will be provided with a Chargnet key fob that can be registered online to give access to Chargenet’s national charging infrastructure.
To support efficient public charging, the vehicle offers DC fast charge capability up to 100 kW. Ford expects the system to add 87 km of range in 10 minutes, and charge from 10-80 per cent in less than 35 minutes.3
E-Transit Courier’s all-new body design delivers increased load capacity in all dimensions. Width between the rear wheel arches is 1,220 mm, enabling the compact van to carry two Euro pallets for the first time. Total cargo volume is now 2.9 m3, 25 per cent more than the outgoing model (not currently available in New Zealand). This can be further increased using the new load-through bulkhead feature, which enables customers to carry items such as planks or pipe over 2,600 mm long.5
E-Transit Courier helps businesses to stand out, with a bold, distinctive exterior design and a spacious, practical interior designed around compact van users’ needs. The all-new model offers a very comprehensive standard equipment specification including unique cabin features with “squircle” steering wheel design to improve leg room and visibility for the driver, as well as a column-mounted gear shifter, push-button ignition and an electronic handbrake to deliver increased configurable storage space.
The “digiboard” instrument panel contains a 12-inch digital cluster and 12-inch centre touchscreen with Ford’s latest SYNC 4 system.6 Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard.8
Driver and cargo safety are paramount concerns for van operators and Ford. E-Transit Courier sets a new benchmark in the segment with its comprehensive suite of advanced driver assistance systems as standard.9 E-Transit Courier also includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centring and Stop & Go, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Intersection Assist and Reverse Brake Assist as standard for more peace of mind in urban driving.9
Every E-Transit Courier features a built-in modem as standard,10 enabling always-on connectivity with FordPass ecosystem and wireless software updates that can evolve the vehicle’s capability over time without requiring a dealer visit.
Ford Service expects E-Transit Courier’s non-scheduled maintenance costs to be significantly lower than on diesel-powered models. The all-new van is backed by Ford New Zealand’s comprehensive national service network.
The all-new Transit Courier will be first available in New Zealand in 2025 and includes both van and Tourneo variants.
All models will be built in Craiova, Romania, by Ford Otosan, the manufacturer of the best-selling Transit Custom and segment-leading E-Transit.11 Ford Otosan is Europe’s largest producer of commercial vehicles, with annual production set to exceed 900,000 units by 2025.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams. The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for customers and deepen their loyalty. Ford develops and delivers innovative, must-have Ford trucks, sport utility vehicles, commercial vans and cars and Lincoln luxury vehicles, along with connected services. The company does that through three customer-centered business segments: Ford Blue, engineering iconic gas-powered and hybrid vehicles; Ford Model e, inventing breakthrough EVs along with embedded software that defines exceptional digital experiences for all customers; and Ford Pro, helping commercial customers transform and expand their businesses with vehicles and services tailored to their needs. Additionally, Ford is pursuing mobility solutions through Ford Next, and provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford employs about 173,000 people worldwide. More information about the company and its products and services is available at corporate.ford.com.
Ford, a global American brand woven into the fabric of Europe for more than 100 years, is committed to freedom of movement that goes hand-in-hand with looking after the planet and each other. The company’s Ford+ plan, with Model e, Ford Pro and the Ford Blue business units is accelerating its European transformation to an all-electric and carbon neutral future by 2035. The company is driving forward with bold, new EVs, each one designed with European drivers in mind and innovating with services to help people connect, communities grow, and businesses thrive. Selling and servicing Ford vehicles in 50 individual European markets, operations also include the Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Customer Service Division and 14 manufacturing facilities (eight wholly owned and six unconsolidated joint venture facilities) with four centres based in Cologne, Germany; Valencia, Spain and at our joint venture in Craiova, Romania and Kocaeli, Türkiye. Ford employs approximately 34,000 people at its wholly owned facilities and consolidated joint ventures and approximately 54,000 people including unconsolidated businesses across Europe. More information about the company, its products and Ford Credit is available at corporate.ford.com.