The all-electric Ford E-Transit van has won a gold award from EURO NCAP for its advanced driver assistant systems, joining the diesel-powered Transit as the only vehicles in the two-tonne segment with a gold award.
Independent vehicle safety authority EURO NCAP analysed E-Transit's comprehensive suite of driver assistance systems, looking at potentially likely scenarios in the urban environment where Ford anticipates most of the E-Transit's will be operated.
Ford E-Transit offers several driver assistance systems including Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Information System with Lane Change Warning and Aid, Junction Assist, a 360-degree camera and Reverse Brake Assist.
The Gold award win extends Ford’s leadership in van safety technology, with the diesel-powered Transit Custom also a gold award winner and makes Ford the only manufacturer with gold rated vans in the one-tonne, two-tonne, and EV (electric vehicles) segments.
Stuart Southgate, Safety Engineering Director, Ford of Europe, said:“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.
“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."
Ford are currently piloting E-Transit vans in typical daily operations with selected customers across Europe, and customer deliveries are scheduled to start in spring 2022.