Some of the biggest household names including Sky, Royal Mail and Vodafone are responsible for helping to fine tune the Ford Transit Custom PHEV. Twenty prototype vehicles were sent out to operators in London for a 12-month trial period. After completing more than 150,000 miles, 75% of which were carried out on electric-only power while in central London, the production ready plug-in hybrid Transit van has gone on sale.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine of the Transit Custom PHEV is not connected to the wheels; instead it provides electrical power for the 93kW electric motor that drives the van.
Charge is stored in a 13.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which can store enough energy for a zero-emission range of 35 miles. This extends to 310 miles when the range-extender engine is being used. The batteries can be charged up in 4.3 hours using a 3Kw domestic plug or 2.7 hours using a 7Kw charger.
The rear of the Transit Custom PHEV is the same as other versions of the Transit Custom, so the maximum load volume is 6m3. The payload capacity is reduced slightly to 1130kg.
Just one size of vehicle is available, a standard height short-wheelbase model (L1H1) , while three trim levels, Base, Trend and Limited are available. You can also get a kombi van, but only in Trend trim, and there is an MPV version with up to eight seats.