Ford Europe announced several new vehicles at its recent Go Electric media event in Amsterdam. Among the reveals was the new 2020 Ford Puma – a compact crossover that will feature a 48V mild hybrid system coupled to Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine. Ford also announced the pure electric Ford Transit van and a Ford Transit PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle).
The Ford Transit PHEV has various use-cases. It can help those who need to travel in and out of European low-emission zones in urban areas, while also eliminating range anxiety. In introducing the Ford Transit Plug-In, The Blue Oval will become the first volume manufacturer to offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the one-ton van segment. The new variant will go on sale in Europe in late 2019.
This isn’t the first time that Ford introduced plug-in hybrid technology on its vans. Back in 2017, the automaker introduced the Ford Transit Custom Plug-In – which is a size smaller than the full-size Transit. The Transit Custom PHEV features an electric motor/generator powered by a 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that works in conjunction with Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine that serves as a range extender.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain provides a zero-emission driving range of up to 50 km (31 miles), expandable to 500 km (310 miles) when using the gasoline range extender.
Ford’s European network of Transit Centers will play a critical role in supporting customers in every phase of Transit vehicle ownership – beginning with identifying the optimum choice of vehicle and powertrain.
In addition, Transit Centers offer a package of support based on the Transit24 service promise, which Ford says, “encompasses services like prioritized urgent repairs, while-you-wait servicing, extended opening hours, and expedited parts delivery.”
Ford says there are now 950 Transit Centers across Europe, up from 750 in 2014.