If your business is conscious of being green, we have the ideal van for you - and it really is a breath of fresh air. Ford has unveiled a new plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Transit Custom van, and we all know that Hybrid Electric = Cleaner Air. If you're looking to reduce your carbon footprint, this new PHEV offers many advantages that we're sure you'll like to find out more about this game-changing powertrain...
Recently revealed at Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event in Millbrook late last year, Ford revealed that this PHEV has been designed to improve local air quality by relying on electric power for most city journeys. And soon, 20 PHEV Transit Customs will commence a 12-month Cleaner Air for London trial to see how they can contribute to cleaner air targets and enhanced productivity in city use, which is the most difficult working environment for vehicles.
If you want to get your hands on one of these fantastic vehicles, you'll have to wait until 2019 as this is when they're scheduled for volume production as part of Ford's global promise to provide customers with affordable and capable electric vehicles. This Ford Transit Custom is powered by an advanced hybrid system targeting a 31-mile electric range, paired with the acclaimed Ford EcoBoost 1.0-litre petrol engine for when a longer range of over 310 miles is required. On these longer trips between charging stops, the petrol engine charges the batteries to provide outstanding efficiency and flexibility.
It's smart too, with geofencing technology able to modify vehicle settings based on the van's location, so will detect when it enters a low-emission zone within an inner-city area and switch the hybrid system to electric-only mode automatically.
All you need to know about the Ford Transit Custom PHEV
Affordable and capable, this is an exciting milestone for Ford and is set to change business travel in urban areas. On a typical weekday, commercial vehicles in London make 280,000 journeys, travelling a total distance of 8 million miles/13 million km. With vans representing 75% of peak freight traffic and more than 7,000 vehicles per hour driving at peak times in Central London alone, the introduction of this PHEV could make a significant difference.
Lilli Matson, Transport for London's Director of Transport Strategy, said: "Cleaner vans, like those being used in this trial, will be vital in helping the freight and fleet sector to reduce the emissions and play its part in tackling the Capital's air quality crisis. We are also using the data from the trial, which will be an invaluable resource for our LoCITY programme that encourages commercial businesses to use greener vehicles."
As Europe's No.1 selling commercial vehicle brand in 2015 and 2016, Ford is continuously strengthening its position. The Transit Custom PHEV van is part of Ford's global electrification commitment, investing $4.5 billion and counting to create electric vehicles that offer customers more capability, productivity and performance. Additionally, Ford plans to introduce 13 new electrified vehicles globally in the next five years, has an ambitious China electrification strategy and is also undertaking a joint project with Deutsche Post DHL Group to produce electric delivery vans, becoming Europe's largest manufacturer of mid-sized e-vans.