Ford Pro officially launched in Europe back in April, giving fleet customers in that region a new connected services provider aimed at saving them money and keeping their vehicles on the road. Since then, Ford Pro has also launched a number of services including end-to-end charging solutions for EVs. These offerings are key in a market where vans play a vital role in the economy – particularly one where the Ford Transit Custom remains a hot-selling entity with a brand-new, next-gen PHEV, diesel, and EV variant – the E-Transit Custom – on the way. In addition to launching the new Ford Upfit Integration System alongside the E-Transit Custom, the commercial business has also announced that it will be expanding the existing Ford Pro Mobile Service in Europe, too.
The Ford Pro Mobile Service launched as a pilot program in Germany last December, though the idea itself has been around for years now. The mobile service utilizes specially outfitted Transit vans to bring the automaker’s Transit Center capabilities directly to the customer and is already completing 70 percent of UK fleet customer’s scheduled maintenance work – a number that’s expected to rise to 90 percent for the E-Transit and E-Transit Custom.
After starting out with five vans, the Ford Pro Mobile Service has quickly expanded to include 49 of those specially-outfitted vehicles and is expected to reach 88 in Germany alone by the end of the year. In the UK – where the service originated – Ford operates a 115-vehicle fleet that will complete over 75,000 service and repair tasks in 2022.
Designed to help businesses accelerate productivity and optimize the cost of commercial vehicle ownership, Ford Pro’s FORDLiive connected uptime system has also helped to reduce downtime by as much as 60 percent, enabling 145,000 days of additional vehicle availability this year, worth around €73 million ($70 million USD) to customers.