Ford plug-in hybrid van enters the British market, but at a premium price tag compared to ICE.
Ford is introducing its new series-hybrid Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid (in a single L1 H1 variant) in the UK with first deliveries expected before the end of this year.
The electrified van can go up to 56 km (35 miles) NEDC in all-electric mode (WLTP range number was not provided) and take as much cargo as the ICE version (1,130 kg of payload / 6.0 m3).
Pricing starts at £39,145 exc. VAT (€44,015 / $48,051), which seems to be more than 70% above the base ICE (£22,840):
“Available to order now with first deliveries before the end of the year, the new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid offers practical, high-productivity option for businesses that need to support clean-air targets in urban environments while retaining the driving range offered by a traditional combustion engine.”
At a later date this year, Ford will open order book also for the eight-seat people-mover Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid version, but the prices were not yet announced.
This version will get slightly less EV range – up to 53 km (33 miles) NEDC.
“Ford is also introducing a new Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid eight-seat people-mover, utilising the same advanced powertrain technology. Offering superior levels of refinement in a spacious rear compartment with unique-in-segment conference seating, the Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid makes an ideal executive shuttle for businesses aiming to meet clean-air targets in areas such as inner cities or airports. “
Ian Porter, chief program engineer, Transit Custom, 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,”.
By Spring 2020, Ford intends to equip its plug-in vans with a Geofencing module to automatically switch the vehicle to EV mode when entering low-emission zones – like the London Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ).
“FordPass Connect on-board modem technology features as standard, enabling operators to maximise vehicle efficiency and utilisation. Introduced from spring 2020 and available for retro-fitment to earlier vehicles, a new Geofencing module will be able to automatically switch the vehicle to zero-emission driving EV Now mode when entering a low-emission zone. The technology will help ensure businesses comply with regulations and avoid charges or penalties.”
According to the 12-month study of 20 prototypes in London over 150,000 miles (240,000 km), the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid on average was able to cover 75% of mileage in Central London and 49% in Greater London in EV mode.
“The trial sought to test whether businesses could carry out the typical daily duties of their diesel-powered vehicles, while maximising the use of zero-emissions electric-only mode.
The participants in the trial – Addison Lee Group, Autoglass, British Gas, Clancy Plant, DPD, Heathrow Airport, Interserve, Mears Group, the Metropolitan Police, Morrison Utility Services, RNLI, Royal Mail, Speedy Hire, Sky, Transport for London and Vodafone – represented a cross-section of city-based businesses, and integrated the Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid vans into their day-to-day operations.”
“Commercial vehicles in London already make 280,000 journeys on a typical weekday, travelling a total of eight million miles – and this figure is rising. Vans represent 75 per cent of peak freight traffic, with more than 7,000 vehicles per hour driving at peak times in Central London alone.”
Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid specs:
- up to 56 km (35 miles) of NEDC all-electric range
- total range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles)
- 13.6 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack located under the load floor, covered with 8-year/160,000 km warranty
- Peak output: 92.9 kW of power (at 9,000 rpm) and 355 Nm of torque (1-2,250 rpm)
- series-hybrid driveline configuration with 1.0 liter EcoBoost petrol engine as a range extender
- charging in 2.7 hours (240 V, 32 A)
- full cargo volume offered by the standard van (6.0 m3)
- 1,130 kg of payload
- CO2 emissions of 60 g/km, fuel-efficiency from 2.7 l/100 km