Ford NZ confirms plug-in Transits are coming

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Friday 1 November 2019

Ford New Zealand has announced two different plug-in hybrid Transits will be available next year - the Transit Custom PHEV and Transit Tourneo Titanium PHEV eight-seater.

Both use an electric motor making 93kW of power paired with Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. A 13.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack helps achieve a 56km EV range (according to the NEDC cycle, expect real-world range to be a bit less) while overall range should be more than 500km.

Despite the battery pack, cargo area is the same as the conventionally powered Transit, measuring six cubic metres.

“Our customers want electrified vehicles, but many still have concerns about infrastructure and range,” said Simon Rutherford, Managing Director, Ford New Zealand.

“The new Transit Custom and Tourneo Plug-In Hybrids deliver the same well-renowned productivity capabilities combined with the ability to drive on zero-emission electric power and anxiety free ability to make longer journeys.”

Pricing is yet to be announced, while availability should start “mid-2020.”

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