Ford has announced the delivery of the first plug-in hybrid vans in the 1-ton van segment. The Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid has an emission-free driving range of 35 miles on electricity alone. The front wheels of the Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid are driven exclusively by a 92.9 kW electric motor that draws power from a 13.6 kWh battery pack.
When the battery runs out of power, the Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid has a 1.0-liter EcoBoost gas engine that acts as a range extender to deliver a total driving range of 310 miles. Fuel economy is rated at 2.7l/100 km with emissions of 60g/km CO2. The van offers a net payload of 1,130kg and an unchanged load volume of 6.0m3 compared to the standard Transit.
The battery pack is beneath the load floor of the van, and the battery has a standard 8-year/100,000 mile warranty. Ford says that the Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid will give commercial users the option of traveling emissions-free for 35 miles and the range extender eliminates range anxiety.
Ford says that the plug-in hybrid van is available to order now with the first deliveries before the end of the year. The van has FordPass Connect onboard modem technology as standard. Along with the Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid, Ford also has a people hauler version that can seat eight called the Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid aimed at use as a business shuttle. That van has rear row seats that face each other in a conference-style arrangement.
Both versions of the van can charge the battery pack in 4.3 hours using a 240V domestic 10-amp power supply or in 2.7 hours with a commercial type-2 AC vehicle charger. Ford also fits the plug-in hybrid vans with regenerative braking. Both also have selectable EV modes to determine how electric power is used. Check out this Ford Transit turned into a custom camper van.