More Details Revealed on Ford’s New Plug-In Hybrid Vans

by David Mowatt

Earlier this week, Ford revealed a slew of information regarding their new Transit hybrid vans. Ford has also announced that the final production version of the Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van will be shown off at the IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany, beginning September 20th up until the 27th.

The Transit hybrid van will have an all-electric range up to 50 kilometers (31 miles), with a total range of over 500 kilometers (310 miles). The Ford Transit will also come equipped with a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, and offers full cargo volume with the standard sized van. The Transit will have a better fuel economy thanks to its updated 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, as well as a built-in 4G modem to help aid in fleet management.

Ford also released a brief teaser trailer for the hybrid Transit van, which you can view below:

Ford had the following to say in regards to the Transit:

“Ford’s innovative Transit Custom PHEV has an advanced hybrid system that targets a zero-emission range of up to 50 kilometres (31 miles), and features the multi-award winning 1.0litre EcoBoost petrol engine as a range extender. The EcoBoost engine charges the on-board batteries when longer trips are required between charging stops, providing operators with outstanding efficiency and flexibility, and a total range of more than 500 kilometres (310 miles).Displayed in final production form in Hannover, the PHEV has a compact liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack located under the load floor, preserving the full cargo volume offered by the standard van. The vehicle features the all-new interior design from the latest Transit Custom, including dedicated information displays for the PHEV variant.”

Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe, had this to add:

“Hannover will mark the arrival of an exciting new family of Transit commercial vehicles that are ‘born connected. Advanced connectivity, and our game-changing electrified vehicles, will create extensive new opportunities to create value for our customers.”

The Ford Transit hybrid van is scheduled to hit the European market mid-2019.

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