Ford New Zealand today confirmed the all-electric E-Transit Custom is due to arrive in New Zealand by early 2024 as part of Ford’s plans for at least seven electrified vehicles in New Zealand by the end of 2024.

E-Transit Custom will join the New Zealand electrified line-up alongside the already available Transit Custom PHEV, Escape PHEV, and Focus and Puma hybrids arriving now. Later this year, Ford will also introduce the larger all-electric Ford E-Transit Cargo to New Zealand.

“The E-Transit Custom is exactly the kind of versatile, practical van business customers are looking for, with the benefit of zero-emissions efficiency,” said Simon Rutherford, Managing Director, Ford New Zealand. “We are focused on understanding and meeting the needs of commercial vehicle customers and bringing them the best of our global line-up.”

Ford says the E-Transit Custom is designed to set a new benchmark in the van segment and help businesses to effortlessly make the change to electrified vehicles.

Electrified and full of purpose

The new E-Transit Custom is built with electrification and next-gen connectivity at its heart, says Ford. It’s packed with software and connectivity tools, helping owners to outsmart the day-to-day, maximise vehicle uptime, and ultimately to increase productivity for businesses. Offering compelling range, full towing capability and DC fast charging, E-Transit Custom was developed using in-depth insights from van users to ensure a seamless customer experience.

With an expressive and sculptural design, E-Transit Custom is a working vehicle that companies of all sizes will be proud to have as a trusted partner for their business. Featuring rebalanced proportions, a confident stance and full LED lighting, the new model will set a distinctive new design benchmark in the segment.

All Transit Custom variants will be built by Ford Otosan – Ford’s joint venture in Turkey – at their Kocaeli site, the home of European Transit manufacturing, delivered as part of Ford Otosan’s previously announced €2 billion investment in its facilities.

The all-electric E-Transit Custom will enter production in the second half of 2023. Further product details will be released in September this year.

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