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Ford Transit PHEV Announced, Will Go On Sale Later This Year

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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.

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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 Transit Custom PHEV announced back in 2017

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.

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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.

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Written by Austin Rexinger

Austin is an automotive enthusiast from Buffalo, NY with a passion for speed. When Austin isn't writing about the auto industry you can find him racing go-karts, competing in time attack events, or autocrossing his 2017 Toyota 86—with a manual transmission, of course!

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