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2022 Ford E-Transit

Of course, the manufacturers of vans or even light commercial vehicles have to realize it, but already e.g. the E-Transit shows that it is not an easy task. Everything is only good as long as you, as an entrepreneur, are so convinced of the necessity of electromobility that you are willing to swallow one difficulty after the other.

The E-Transit is available as a box van with a single or double cab, the former also as a chassis frame.

The dilemma yet begins with the type designation. '350' means 3.5 tons permissible total weight. And as much as it may seem, the payload is shrinking like ice in the sun. You simply cannot compare, e.g. with the original Transit, which had a payload of up to 1,775 kg at half the curb weight.

Yes, you should not compare it with such an old car, if only because of the stability and equipment of the body and after all, the best 425 has a similar payload. But for this you need a truck driver's license and as a truck you can only drive 80 km/h (speedometer 90) with it. There even the old Transit with 37 kW (50 hp) leaves it in the dust.

Not that we want to endorse the 2.0 TDCi of today here. After all, it is common knowledge that such vans are driven all too risky, but fall back to just over half? And even without VAT, we are already well at more than €60,000, also because the basic equipment is not yet available.

The 350 is allowed to drive 130 km/h, which is completely sufficient for this vehicle class. But unfortunately neither payload nor towing capacity. They come pretty close to each other in some cases. Ironically, the delivery van with the greatest length and height is allowed to load the least, namely 795 kg. And then a trailer with a maximum of approx. 650 kg unbraked (!) is also possible.

Well, the shortest version has a payload of just more than 1,000 kg. A look at the possible additional equipment for craftsmen with a workbench, fan, drawers, shelving system and more, which alone weighs 248 kg, shows how little it is. But there are no employees in there yet, neither gas bottle, tools nor material is available.

And then the batteries also take away the necessary standing height inside the middle version. Which brings us to the topic of interior construction. It's impossible to do it yourself because it's always too heavy-weight. And then imagine a necessary payload. Naturally, the consumption of 35 rather than 30 kWh is too high for longer distances.

And if you take the taller and longer version, there's even less payload left.

However, the high price would not bother the private buyers as much as perhaps the individual craftsman. You can understand this better if you scroll through the surcharge lists. The electric car has many things as standard that a car with combustion engine does not necessarily need. Crazy, because of the weight problem it has even the widest tires, of course not good for the range.

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