Menzies Distribution in the UK is accelerating its electric vehicle strategy with a 12-month trial of a pre-production all-electric Ford Transit van.
The E-Transit being tested is the L3 H3 425 GVM model, featuring a 68kWh battery and 135 KW (184PS) motor, with an estimated range of almost 300km (WLTP).
Ford Pro E-Telematics help to enhance driver performance with in-vehicle coaching, while new auto stop-start technology reduces wear on brakes.
The vehicle also offers a loadcube that mirrors its diesel counterpart and has been identified by the group as suitable for newstrade, express and parcel operations.
Menzies will test the E-Transit and its existing charging infrastructure, comparing manufacturer statistics with its own on-the-road assessment.
The test will involve both the Menzies Newstrade and Express operations, providing varied routes, mixed terrain, different speeds and, at times, vast mileage ranges, all of which have a bearing on battery life.