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Monday 24 July 2017

London trials for Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid

Ford Transit Custom Hybrid PHEVFord will provide 20 PHEV Transit Customs to a range of commercial fleets across London to explore how plug-in hybrid vans can contribute to cleaner air in the capital. The prototypes will form part of a multi-million pound project from autumn 2017 and will see Ford working with Transport for London and supported by the taxpayer-funded Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

Commercial vehicles in London make 280,000 journeys on a typical weekday, travelling a total distance of 8 million miles. Vans represent 75 per cent of peak freight traffic, with over 7,000 vehicles per hour driving at peak times in Central London alone. The new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Transit Custom vans will help to reduce local emissions by running solely on electric power for the majority of city trips; deliveries or maintenance work, for example.

The Transit Custom PHEV vans are an advanced design that allows them to be charged with mains electricity for zero-emission journeys, while featuring an efficient on-board combustion engine for extended range — we suspect a 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol unit — when longer trips are required. Ford is the first volume manufacturer to offer PHEV technology in this segment of the van market.

Ford Transit Custom Hybrid PHEVThe trial fleet will operate daily duty cycles across a cross-section of city-based businesses, using a Ford telematics system to collect data on the vehicles’ financial, operational and environmental performance to help understand how the benefits of electrified vehicles can be maximised. Development of the 20-strong trial fleet is being supported by a £4.7m grant from the APC and the vans are being designed and engineered at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre and at Prodrive Advanced Technology in Banbury. Programme support is being supplied by Revolve Technologies.

“This exciting project in London shows how innovative technology can help improve the prosperity and quality of life in our congested cities,” said Jim Farley, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. “Ford is the top selling commercial vehicle brand in Europe, so it’s fitting that this Transit plug-in hybrid is leading the electric vehicle revolution for business users.”

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