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Ford Transit Luton vs Ford E-Transit Electric Luton

January 24th, 2023

The Luton van is an iconic piece of machinery, dating back to the early 1930s when a British vehicle manufacturer released a van that can be recognised nowadays as a Luton van. They were known for their box-shaped body, with a loading compartment that stretched over the cab of the vehicle. The name came from the region where the vehicle was first manufactured, with the plant being located in Luton.

Nowadays Luton vans are a popular choice for companies who wish to move a large number of goods around, with one of the most prominent being professional removal companies. One such manufacturer of Luton vans is Ford, who have been supplying the Ford Transit to customers around the world since 1965. The Transit Luton is one such variant of this iconic vehicle, and in 2020 expanded their range by announcing the release of the E-Transit, a battery-powered electric cargo van.

Van Sales UK loves both the Ford Transit Luton and the Ford E-Transit Luton but knows that customers might not be sure which option is best for them and their businesses and needs. That is why we have put together this helpful guide on the best features of both vehicles and which one might be more suitable for you.

Engines and Spec

A 2020 update to the Ford Transit brought a plethora of changes, including updated engines. Traditionally four Duratorq diesel engines were in the vehicle, but this has now been replaced by a single EcoBlue inline-4 turbo diesel engine. These new engines are designed to meet Euro 6 emissions standards, as well as reduce friction and deliver a cleaner burn. This engine is available in both a 2.0-litre and a  1.5-litre variant, which overall can deliver more than 200 PS. Find out more about the engines and spec in our full Transit Luton review.

Overall these new EcoBlue engines were designed to be more fuel efficient, powerful and cleaner. However, if you’re looking for a truly clean experience, look no further than the E-Transit Luton. It has a fully electric engine with a 68kWH battery that enables you to go nearly 200 miles on a full charge. This engine produces absolutely zero tailgate emissions while driving, and can quickly charge to get you back on the road in no time at all. It also has the benefit of regenerating energy each time you brake, allowing your drive to be as efficient as possible.


The Ford Transit uses a unibody chassis design instead of a separate frame, which has the benefit of increasing the payload capacity of up to 600 pounds! The Luton overhang is accessible from the back of the van and can be used to store smaller goods, with the main body great for larger loads. It has plenty of straps and attaching points, so your payload and goods will be safe and sound during journeys. The E-Transit Luton has an innovative four-tier load restraint system which has aluminium lashing racks and soft rubber inserts to ensure your cargo is safe.

In the front seat, there is an updated dashboard and appearance, giving it a modern feel. It’s perfect for a small work crew, with space for three if needed. The E-Transit has a similar appearance in the cab to the regular transit, with slightly different controls to reflect the electric driving. A power use indicator appears in place of a rev counter, allowing you to easily keep track of your usage.

There is also an integrated 12” touchscreen infotainment system, with Ford being quite advanced in terms of modern vehicle connectivity features, such as compatibility with Apple CarPlay. Find out more about the E-Transit in our full review here.

The Verdict

Overall both the Transit and e-Transit Luton are great vehicles for a business that is looking to transport plenty of cargo with ease and safety in mind. For quick trips around an urban environment, we’d probably go with the e-Transit Luton, which will regenerate energy when you break, something that comes in handy in urban environments. If you’re going a bit more long-distance, the Transit will be great for going the extra mile in a fuel-efficient manner.

Now that you’ve heard the great benefits of both models of van, it’s time to start looking. Shop with Van Sales UK for an amazing selection of vans, including the Ford Transit Luton and the Ford E-Transit Luton. We stock a great selection of Ford Transit vans as well as the Luton body type, including panel vans in multiple sizes, tippers and dropsides. The Ford Transit E-Luton is also available in a few derivatives, including as a panel van, dropside and a tipper.

There are plenty of benefits of shopping with Van Sales UK, such as our free fast delivery nationwide, as well as our great warranty and free breakdown cover. You can also get your van however you want it, with competitive finance rates and part exchange optional.

So if you’d like to find out more about the Ford Transit or E-Transit Luton, give us a call today at 0117 205 1597.


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