The Ford Transit Custom PHEV made its debut at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2017 event in Millbrook & a London fleet trial supported by Transport for London and key city-based businesses; explores how telematics and geofencing technology can maximise clean air benefits.
Ford Transit Custom PHEV has an advanced hybrid system that targets a zero-emission range exceeding 50 kilometres (31 miles). Designed to help improve local air quality by running solely on electric power for the majority of city trips,Using Ford’s EcoBoost 1.0-litre petrol engine as a range extender to charge the on-board batteries for longer trips between charging stops providing operators greater efficiency and flexibility. The battery pack is a compact liquid-cooled lithium-ion design located under the load floor, preserving the full cargo volume offered by the standard Transit Custom van.
Ford is the first volume manufacturer to offer PHEV technology in this segment of the van market. The technology enables the vehicle to be charged with mains electricity for zero-emission journeys, while the compact and fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine generates additional charge for the batteries when required. The Transit Custom PHEV uses a series-hybrid driveline configuration, with the vehicle’s wheels driven exclusively by an electric motor, rather than by the combustion engine.
By using petrol fuel for a target total range of more than 500 kilometres (310 miles) the Transit Custom PHEV eliminates operators range anxiety. PHEV offers increased payload capacity when compared to battery-only electric vehicles. A real world benefit of PHEV’s is the ability to offer quick and easy recharging from a standard electricity supply.
The Transit Custom PHEV van is part of Ford’s global electrification commitment. The automaker and mobility company has invested $4.5 billion to make electric vehicles that offer customers more capability, productivity and performance. Ford plans to introduce 13 new electrified vehicles globally in the next five years, including an all-electric small SUV to be sold in Europe, North America and Asia. Ford plan to introduce volume production of the Transit Custom PHEV in 2019.
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