The rollout of electrification in the Ford range will get more aggressive as we approach the early 2020s, with the Escape Hybrid to be joined by a pure-electric van in the line-up.
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Ford will launch its all-electric Transit van in 2021, as it looks to ramp up its footprint in the world of electrified vehicles.

Announced at an event in Amsterdam overnight, the plug-in Transit will go head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter and Volkswagen e-Crafter.

At least, it will in Europe. Although other markets will likely follow in due course, the Transit EV will focus primarily on the Euro market at launch. Given the region accounts for a huge chunk of Ford's commercial vehicle sales, that shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.

Although it hasn't announced an official range figure, Ford has offered some hints as to the van's focus.

"Designed to deliver pure-electric power, the new van will both contribute to cleaner, quieter towns and cities, and reduce costs for business and operators," the company said in its media release, suggesting it'll be targeted at urban delivery operators, not long-haul operators.

A range of body styles will be offered, too.

Between now and 2021, the electrified light-commercial space will be occupied by the Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Transit Custom PHEV.

Ford claims it has a zero-emissions driving range of 50km, with 500km of total driving range possible through the use of Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine as a range extender.

Electric power comes from 14kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack located under the load floor. Three selectable EV modes will enable the driver to choose how and when to use the available battery charge: EV Auto, EV Now and EV Later.