Ford introduces Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid

Segment-first plug-in hybrid runs primarily as an electric vehicle with a petrol engine as a backup

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Ford has revealed a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom, which it says is the first vehicle in the one-tonne van segment to offer zero-emission driving capability.

The Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid model uses a 13.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack that makes the van capable of 35 zero-emission miles per full charge. It can be topped up from a domestic electric outlet in 4.3 hours or 2.7 hours via a Type-2 AC public charger.

However, to do away with range anxiety, it comes with a 1.0-litre petrol engine that acts as a ‘range extender’ to top up the battery on the move. Combined, this results in fuel economy of 92mpg and CO2 emissions of 60g/km.

Ford says that this gives the security of increased range for longer trips, but also contributes to reduced local emissions to allow the vehicle to enter the growing number of low-emission zones appearing in high-population areas.

The Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid offers a payload of 1,130kg, while the load volume of 6.0m3 is unchanged from other models thanks to the packaging of the battery beneath the floor. Meanwhile, the battery is covered by an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty.

Ford Tourneo Plug-In Hybrid | The Van Expert
Ford Tourneo Plug-In Hybrid

A Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid people-mover version is also available, which will be available in an eight-seater layout in Ford’s Titanium specification. It runs the same powertrain as its cargo-carrying sister model, with similar results.

Ian Porter, chief programme engineer of Transit Custom at Ford of Europe, said: “Our customers want electrified vehicles, but we understand that they may have concerns about infrastructure and range.

“Our connected Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid delivers productivity with no compromises, offering the capability to drive on zero-emission electric power with the freedom to make longer journeys.”

Order books for the Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid and Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid are open now with first deliveries expected before the end of the year.

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Darren Cassey
Darren Cassey
Articles by Darren Cassey are provided for The Van Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new LCVs and features on various aspects of automotive life.

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