Ford expands Transit Plug-in Hybrid van trial

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Ford will begin testing its plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van in Valencia, Spain, in addition to the ongoing trial taking place in London.

The Transit Custom vans use an electric powertrain, while a 1.0‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine extends battery range.

The collaboration between Ford Smart Mobility, the regional government of Valencia and the Valencia City leadership, is designed to see how Transit Custom PHEV fleets could contribute to cleaner air targets and enhanced productivity.

“At Ford, we are committed to tackling urban mobility challenges, moving people and delivering goods and services through innovation and technology,” said Steven Armstrong, president and CEO, Ford of Europe, Middle East & Africa. “As no two cities are alike, it is vital that we look at the mobility issue from a variety of perspectives. Our research in Valencia will help us gain a meaningful understanding of the benefits that small and medium fleets running primarily on electric power can bring.” 

Ford has invested $11 billion (£8.1 billion) in its electrified portfolio, to include 40 electrified vehicles globally, including 16 full battery electric vehicles by 2022.

The focus in the Spanish city will be regarding the use of small and medium fleets of Transit Custom PHEVs that are driven solely by an electric motor with a zero-emission target range of more than 31 miles. The petrol engine serves only as a range extender.

In London, 20 Transit Custom PHEV vans are being used for the 12-month trial, working with Transport for London and a variety of fleet customers, ranging from the Metropolitan Police to courier services and construction firms.

Volume production of the Transit PHEV is scheduled for 2019.

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