May 29, 2019
The Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van made its UK debut in final production form at the CV Show 2019, here’s everything we know so far!
After years of development and feasibility trials, the Ford Transit Custom PHEV made its UK debut in production form at the CV Show 2019 where Ford vans also revealed a facelifted Ford Transit van and facelifted Ford Ranger pick-up amongst their entire range of brand new vans on display at the event.
The van which will be officially known as the Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid van will join the UK market at the back end of 2019 with three trim levels available: Leader, Trend and Limited. The standard Ford Transit Custom van will also be available with these modified trim levels later on this year, with the Sport trim level also available on standard models but not brought across to the PHEV model.
The Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid van which was first seen in production form at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hannover, will also qualify for the government’s plug-in vehicle grant, meaning a discount of £8,000 off the list price for buyers of the new van. The PHEV is part of a wider plan by Ford to launch no fewer than 40 ’electrified’ vehicles by 2022, this will include 16 fully electric vehicles.
As expected, the Ford Transit Custom PHEV in production form will feature the same facelifted exterior as the standard Transit Custom van which was updated in early 2018. However it also features the much improved interior of the new model and has been personalised with displays relevant to hybrid driving.
Ford vans have confirmed an all-electric driving range of approximately 30 miles, with an expected total range in excess of 300 miles using the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine as a range extender. Ford vans have also confirmed that the payload of the new van will be in excess of 1,000kg and revealed that the capacity of the batteries is 14kWh via a liquid-cooled pack of lithium-ion cells mounted beneath the load area of the van.
The PHEV uses a ’Range extender’ drivetrain, but what does this actually mean? The Transit Custom PHEV makes use of a 1.0-litre petrol engine and an onboard lithium-ion battery pack to power an electric motor which turns the wheels of the van. The petrol engine never directly drives the PHEV, it just acts as a generator of additional electricity beyond what is available from the batteries, delivering the power required by the electric motor to drive the van.
During its reveal at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, Ford vans announced that the Transit Custom PHEV would be available with three driving modes to allow the driver to control how the electrical energy stored in the batteries is used, these are: EV Auto, EV Now and EV Later. EV Auto is the default setting which makes energy usage decisions for you, EV Now runs on battery power alone until they are empty and EV Later aims to maintain the current level of battery charge so you can use it at a later time.
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