6 Bits of Trivia about the Ford E-350
- Proudly from Ohio. Ohio has been the home of the Ford E-350 vans as well as the entire Econoline vehicles since their debut in 1961. Ford's plant in Lorain was the original birth place of the E-350 vehicles until it closed in December of 2005. Since then, Ford E-350 parts and Ford E-350 accessories are assembled in Ford's plant in Avon Lake, Ohio.
- The versatile van. Anyone can consider the Ford E-350 as an all-around vehicle. With its standard 15-person capacity and amazing towing capabilities, this well-loved full-size van has been converted for various purposes. Some of these E-350 transformations include a school bus, a disaster restoration vehicle, and a cut-away box truck van.
- E-350 at 50. In 2011, The Ford E-Series, including the Ford E-350, celebrated its 50th year anniversary. To commemorate the vans' existence since 1961, Ford released a 50th anniversary edition. Sold as an XLT model, the E-350 and the other E-Series vans' premium package featured a metallic blue body paint, an "Econoline"-embroidered front seatbacks, and an elegant-looking "Econoline 50 Years" badge on the left side's rear cargo door.
- Ever the winner. The Ford E-350, together with its siblings in the E-Series Econoline, carried the honor of being America's best-selling full-sized van for a whopping 31 consecutive years. Its winning streak began in 1980, and it now holds almost 80% of the full-size van sales in North America.
- The fleet favorite. The Ford E-350 and the other E-Series models owe their 31-year victory to the fleet companies in the United States. According to the records, these fleet corporations and other commercial businesses love the E-350 and the Econoline vans so much that these companies constitute 95% of the vans' total sales.
- Ford E-350 goes propane. In an effort to help the fleet companies to reduce their vehicle's fuel consumption and save at least $17,500 per van, a company called ROUSH Performance released a new version of Ford E-350 vans, which are powered by Propane. The Ford E-350 and the rest of the E-Series received ROUSH Performance's liquid propane injection system in 2010. This new technology is not only EPA certified, but it is also guaranteed to pass the SULEV II emissions standard.