There are tests that supercars rarely have to face: passages in pebbles, resistance to snow, fords in mud. This however is the diet that Ford stuck to the prototypes of the E-Transit model, ahead of the commercial vehicle market launch in early 2022.
The American brand has tested the vehicle on difficult terrain (surfaces such as snow, water, mud, earth, stones) and in particular climatic conditions such as extreme cold. In twelve weeks, Ford’s testing team have tried to exhaust a model that proposes itself as a potential electric best-seller in its category..
In the course of testing, the fully electric E-Transit model faced the conditions of the worst winters of the US state of Michigan, has endured simulations of heat, cold and altitude taken to extreme levels in Ford’s Environmental Test Chamber in Cologne, Germany, and passed the huge potholes and rugged surfaces of the Lommel test track in Belgium. It has also undergone a tough series of tests to ensure durability equal to that of diesel-powered models. The treatment reserved for the vehicle it has effects comparable to those produced over 240,000 kilometers traveled by motorists who face the most demanding situations.
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Ford’s Environmental Test Chamber recreates climatic conditions ranging from those of the Sahara to those of Siberia. The electrical system and cockpit endured 40 degrees, higher than the average temperature in the desert, and -35 degrees, colder than the average temperatures experienced in the coldest part of Russia. The Sahara was reproduced using 28 reflectors with 4,000 watt lamps. Regarding tests on complicated soils, the focus was on maintaining the battery life of the E-Transit; for this reason the model went through mud, salt-rich pools and salt water sprinklers. The reliability of the electric motor was also tested by leaving it running continuously for 125 days.