Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Transit Custom PHEV has four driving modes. In EV Auto mode, the vehicle will automatically decide for itself if it will run with the motor being fed with electrical power from the battery or supplied by the engine. EV Now mode runs the vehicle purely on the batteries, and in contrast EV Later mode prevents the battery from being depleted so its power reserves can be used at a later date. EV Charge uses the engine to power the motor and charge the battery at the same time; this enables the engine to rev up to 5000rpm, which provides more power but can also get quite noisy.
Like all electric powertrains, the immediate surge of power from the electric motor means the Transit Custom PHEV feels fast off the line, but that burst of acceleration is short-lived. Although the van will surge forwards initially, there’s not enough thrust for overtaking once you’re on the move.