As we await the launch of the all-electric Ford Transit – the E-Transit – later this year, it’s worth noting that Ford already sells a plug-in hybrid version of the smaller Transit Custom, which has proven to be a popular choice among commercial customers. And now, those interested in purchasing a Ford Transit Custom Van PHEV in New Zealand will enjoy rather significant savings, as the automaker has reportedly cut a whopping $20,000 off the price of that particular model, according to EVs & Beyond.
Currently, the Ford Transit Custom Van PHEV retails for $99,990 NZD ($70,368 USD), but that price will reportedly drop to $80,000, effective August 1st. The reason for this is so that the model will qualify for New Zealand’s Clean Car Discount – a “feebate” scheme that charges owners of imported vehicles additional fees that are then used to subsidize discounts for those that buy hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles. Vehicles must cost $80,000 or less to qualify for the discount, however.
The Transit Custom PHEV is powered by Ford’s 1.0L EcoBoost I-3 and an electric motor that produce a combined 93 kW (125 horsepower) and 355 nM (262 pound-feet) of torque, with a 13.6 kWh battery providing up to 56 kilometers (35 miles) of electric-only driving range and a fuel economy rating of 2.7L/100 kilometers.
The mid-size Transit Custom slots in between the smaller Transit Connect and larger Transit in Ford’s lineup, and has been in production in Europe since 2012. As is the case with the rest of the Transit lineup, the Transit Custom can be had in a more passenger-oriented version – the Tourneo Custom – which is also available as a PHEV. However, this new discount doesn’t appear to apply to that model. Order banks for the 2022 Transit Custom PHEV are open now, and deliveries are expected to begin later this year.