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Ford E-Tourneo Custom electric passenger van

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Eight-seater Ford E-Tourneo Custom gets 370km range.

Hot on the heels of the all-electric Ford Transit Custom van, shown off last month, here's the passenger version. We're all probably still going to call it a Transit, but as far as Ford is concerned, this is the E-Tourneo Custom.

Tilting steering wheel

Here's the most important news first - yes, it gets the same tilting steering wheel as the E-Transit Custom van, which allows you to click the rim of the wheel up a notch to support a tablet or a laptop, or click it flat and use it as a small table (there's a plastic panel that clips into the rim to hold your sandwich and your drink). Family picnics just got a lot more comfortable.

The E-Tourneo Custom will hold a maximum of eight passengers, including the driver, and, thanks to a 74kWh battery (which borrows some of the battery cell technology from the hugely successful F-150 Lightning electric pickup), this battery Transit will have a 370km range. That's not as good as the 400km offered by a Volkswagen ID Buzz, but the Buzz is currently only available as a five-seater.

125kW rapid charging

You'll be able to charge that battery at up to 11kW AC power or up to 125kW from a DC fast charger, giving you a 15-80 per cent charge in 41 minutes. The charging system is designed to give you the fastest possible charge as soon as you plug in, adding as much as 38km of extra range in just five minutes at 125kW.

You can also use the E-Tourneo's battery as a battery for other things - there are 2.3kW domestic sockets in the front of the cabin, allowing you to use the car to charge e-bikes, e-scooters or run power tools and camping equipment.

Power comes from a 160kW, 215hp electric motor driving the front wheels. Ford hasn't issued performance figures for the E-Tourneo yet but has confirmed that it will have 'one pedal' driving at lower speeds.

There will be short and long-wheelbase models, with three rows of seats and space for as many as eight people (although the PHEV Tourneo Custom variant will be able to carry as many as nine people). Those seats in the back are on sliding tracks, so you can juggle passenger and luggage space around as needed. There are five ISOFIX points for growing families - three in the middle row and two more in the back row.

Hands-free side doors

The sliding side doors are power-operated; if your hands are full, you can open them by waggling your foot around behind the front wheel. Inside, you'll be able to spec your E-Tourneo Custom with some fancy options - a Bang & Olufsen stereo, tri-zone climate control, ambient lighting, heated rear seats, and a wireless charging pad for phones.

The E-Tourneo will also get Ford's new Digital Key system starting in 2024. This slim, credit-card-sized key uses NFC technology to lock and unlock the car. It's also waterproof, which is handy.

Up front, you get digital instruments and a massive 13-inch touchscreen which runs Ford's latest SYNC4 infotainment. To help free up stowage space in the dashboard, the front passenger airbag has been moved from the dash to the roof, allowing you to stash a laptop or A4 folder-sized items in covered dashboard storage.

Published on November 23, 2022
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