Ford has unveiled a fully electric version of its best-selling Transit Custom.

Called the E-Transit Custom, it joins the larger Transit in the firm’s range of electric commercial vehicles. Though it can’t quite match the full-sized Transit for outright space, it more than makes up for this in terms of electric range.

So while the standard E-Transit will manage up to 196 miles on a single charge, the Custom will return 236 miles. This more than outclasses many of its key rivals, too, with the Citroen e-Dispatch able to deliver 200 miles and the Mercedes eSprinter less than 100.

Ford will release further details about the E-Transit Custom until September – ahead of production commencing in the second half of next year – but has said that a number of features have been installed following conversations with van drivers and owners.

For instance, ProPower Onboard technology allows users to plug equipment into the vehicle to use it as a power source. This can be used to power tools, lights or other devices that might be needed on site.

The exterior design has more than a hint of the standard Transit about it, but new LED headlights help to distinguish it from the larger model.

Hans Schep, general manager of Ford Pro Europe, said: “This is a watershed moment for commercial vehicle operators in Europe, and another hugely significant realisation of our Ford Pro ambitions.

“Europe’s best-selling van just went all-electric and – supported by our unique Ford Pro one-stop-shop of productivity-boosting services – the operating benefits this will bring to business across Europe cannot be overstated.”

Owners will also be able to access software upgrades, charging services and financing solutions all via one platform called Ford Pro. This has been designed to make it easier to users to find out details about certain aspects of their van all via a single outlet.

As mentioned, the E-Transit Custom is due to enter production in the second half of 2023, with the build happening at a heavily updated factory in Turkey.