Ford reveals electrified Transits

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Wednesday 10 April 2019
 

Ford has revealed its first plug-in van, the Transit PHEV, as well as a fully-electric variant.

The American is the first volume manufacturer to offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the one-tonne van segment. Ford isn’t revealing any major details yet, other than there will be a range of wheelbases, body shapes and sizes. Same with the fully-electric Transit, which is reportedly aimed at ‘last mile’ delivery companies.

Expect them to go on sale later in Europe this year. There’s no word yet on a local launch.

This isn’t the first time Ford has electrified its commercial haulers. Back in 2017, it released the Ford Transit Custom Plug-In, which is a size smaller than the Transit. That van features an electric motor/generator powered by a 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

It works in conjunction with Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that serves as a range extender. Fifty kays of zero-emissions driving is possible, rising to 500km using the range extender.

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