Ford has announced its 12-month trial of 20 new plug-in hybrid Transit PHEV vans in London. The trial will explore how such vehicles might be able to contribute to air quality improvements while also boosting commercial productivity at the same time.
The Ford Transit plug-in hybrid is capable of fully electric operation and is intended to reduce emissions by running solely on electric power for the majority of inner city trips.
The trial is supported by Transport for London and will see five fleets incorporate Ford Transit PHEV vans into their day-to-day operations. The confirmed participants are the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, Clancy Plant, Addison Lee and British Gas.
Ford telematics systems fitted in the Transit PHEV vans will gather and record data on operational and environmental performance.
The trial is set to begin in the autumn and commercial production of the Transit PHEV van is planned for 2019. Ford will also host a discussion on CV electrification at the 2017 CV Show.