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Ford Transit Custom Hybrid Not Being Developed Or Considered

The Ford Transit Custom is an important vehicle for the Blue Oval in Europe, where the automaker has a very successful commercial van lineup. The all-new model is now available to buyers on the continent, and offers a wide variety of powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid variant and a fully electric version dubbed the E-Transit Custom. However, according to a recent article, a regular hybrid variant never entered development and will probably never exist, for one major reason.

Australian automotive outletĀ Drive recently spoke with Ford Transit Custom vehicle integration supervisor Ed Correia about the possibility of a regular hybrid variant, and was met with a pretty definitive answer on the theoretical product. “I don’t think [a regular hybrid] was ever a consideration. Since day one it was PHEV [only], to give you the extra fully-electric range.” According to the automaker, upcoming zero-emissions requirements in many European cities make the viability of a Custom hybrid a non-starter, since they wouldn’t be allowed into certain areas without penalty. By contrast, the PHEV will have no issue entering those areas.

The Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid pairs the automaker’s 2.5L naturally aspirated I-4 engine with an 11.8kWh usable battery with a claimed 56 kilometer (35 mile) range per WLTP standards. That powertrain is extremely similar to the Ford Escape and Ford Kuga’s PHEV system, which has proven to be a popular vehicle in Europe. The Blue Oval’s compact crossover also offers a regular hybrid for the North American and European markets too.

Next-Generation Ford Transit Custom Launch Europe - Exterior 001 - Front Three Quarters

Hybrids like the Ford Transit Custom and Ford Escape/Kuga will play an increasing important role for the company as it taps the brakes on its EV pivot to a more nuanced approach. Ford CEO Jim Farley recently said that hybrids should no longer be considered a bridge technology not long after the company announced its intention to offer hybrid powertrains options across its entire North American retail lineup. Additionally, the Ford Transit Custom is the backbone of the company’s commercial lineup globally, with Farley even going so far as to call it the “Super Duty of Europe.”

We’ll have more on the Ford Transit Custom soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Transit Custom news, and for continuous Ford news updates.

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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