The first viable mass-marketed electric motorhomes are likely to come in the guise of a Class B campervan, and the electric Ford Transit could be the chassis RV manufacturers look to.
Ford announced yesterday that best-selling cargo van in the world will be electrified for the 2022 model year for the US and Canada markets. Currently, RV manufacturers like Winnebago and Leisure Travel Vans upfit the Transit chassis for several campervan models.
The all-electric Transit, which will be American-built, is part of Ford’s more than $11.5 billion investment in electrification. It will join the electric Transit already sold in Europe, the Mustang Mach-E coming later this year and the previously announced electric F-150.
There’s no word on range yet, but the electric Transit will include standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking plus Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Post-Collision Braking, Lane-Keeping System and auto high-beam headlamps.
A variety of chassis options will be available, including cargo van, cutaway and chassis cab, plus three roof heights and three body lengths.