Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid due in 2019

Ford has announced that it will be introducing electric plug-in hybrid versions of its best selling Transit Custom in the UK in 2019. Fully developed and engineered in Europe it will be part and parcel of Ford’s $4.5bn global electrification programme, which will include 13 new fully electric vehicles within the next five years. Included in the line-up will also be a hybrid version of the best-selling F-150 pickup which will be made available in North America and the Middle East in 2020.

Ford will begin real-world testing of its new generation EV technology this year. In Europe, the Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid will hit the streets towards the end of the year, along with a new set of mobility services, telematics and connectivity solutions. Additionally, in New York and several other major US cities, Ford is already testing a fleet of 20 Transit Connect hybrid taxi and van prototypes in some of the world’s most demanding traffic conditions.

“As more and more consumers around the world become interested in electrified vehicles, Ford is committed to being a leader in providing consumers with a broad range of electrified vehicles, services and solutions that make people’s lives better,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “Our investments and expanding line-up reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years.”

“Ford’s global EV strategy is to build on our strengths,” added Raj Nair, the company’s executive vice president, product development. “We’re focused on providing customers more of what they love about their Ford vehicles. This means more capability for trucks, more productivity for commercial vehicles and more performance for sports cars; plus improved fuel economy.”

Source:  http://www.vansa2z.com/Ford-Transit-Custom-Plug-In-Hybrid-due-in-2019

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