- The all-electric Ford E-Transit has received a Gold Award from independent vehicle safety authority Euro NCAP for its advanced driver assistance systems
- E-Transit joins diesel-powered Transit as the only vehicles in the 2-tonne segment with a Euro NCAP Gold Award; 1-tonne Transit Custom also has Gold Award status
- Comprehensive suite of technologies can help minimise driver workload during long hours in the cab and contribute to lower downtime, repair and insurance costs
The all-electric 1 Ford E-Transit’s comprehensive suite of driver assistance systems has earned the commercial vehicle a Gold Award from independent vehicle safety authority Euro NCAP.
The award follows analysis of technologies including autonomous emergency braking when approaching vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, as well as lane keeping technology, traffic sign recognition and occupant monitoring systems.
E-Transit’s Gold Award means Ford now offers the only two vehicles in the 2-tonne segment with Euro NCAP’s Gold Award for driver assistance, after the E-Transit’s diesel-powered sister Transit models were first commended in December 2020.
“Euro NCAP is a byword for vehicle safety, and the organisation extending its Gold Award to E‑Transit is testament to Ford’s commitment to customer safety across its commercial vehicle range,” said Stuart Southgate, director, Safety Engineering, Ford of Europe. “E‑Transit’s advanced driver assistance systems help look after drivers and other road users, and support operators looking to maximise uptime while limiting insurance and accident repair costs.”
E-Transit offers driver assistance technologies including Pre‑Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, 2 Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Sign Recognition, 2 Blind Spot Information System with Lane Change Warning & Aid, 2 Junction Assist, a 360-degree camera and Reverse Brake Assist. 2
Euro NCAP’s simulations tested driver warning and active safety technology actions when approaching parked vehicles or slower traffic, as well as when a vehicle in front brakes sharply. Testing also included responses to a child running into the road, and cyclists and pedestrians walking in or crossing the road 3 – potentially likely scenarios in the urban environments where Ford anticipates the majority of E-Transits will be operated.
E-Transit’s Gold Award extends Ford’s leadership in van safety technology. Transit Custom is also a Gold Award winner, making Ford the only manufacturer with Gold-rated vans in the 1‑tonne, 2-tonne and EV segments.
The company is already piloting E-Transits in typical daily operation with selected customers across Europe, and customer deliveries are scheduled to begin in spring 2022.
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1 Officially homologated energy efficiency figures will be published closer to on-sale date. Targeted range and charge time based on manufacturer tested values and calculation according to the WLTP drive cycle. Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviours, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health.
The declared WLTP fuel/energy consumptions, CO2-emissions and electric range are determined according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EU) 2017/1151 as last amended. The applied standard test procedures enable comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers.
2 Driver-assist features are supplemental to and do not replace the driver's attention, judgment and the need to control the vehicle. It does not replace safe driving. See owner’s manual for system limitations.
3 All testing was conducted in controlled conditions by relevant safety professionals.