Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards 2022: Electric Van - Best for Practicality
Judged on traditional practicality metrics the Ford Transit Custom PHEV is undoubtedly impressive, but what wins it this award is that it also offers greater versatility than its rivals...
Ford Transit Custom PHEV
Priced from £36,395 Economy 78.4mpg CO2 emissions 66g/km Load space 6m3 Payload 1153-1195kg Power 118bhp Torque 262lb ft
The Transit Custom PHEV is a practical van in its own right: it can move more than one tonne, has a maximum load length of nearly 3.5m and comes in a range of bodies to suit plenty of customers need, but we reckon the PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid) version remains the most practical and versatile electrified van on the market by virtue of its dual-fuel, hybrid driveline.
You see, unlike a pure electric van, you get the benefit of zero-emission running in the city (35 miles of electric running to be precise) without having to go through the hassle of having to borrow a petrol or diesel van for longer journeys.
The LEVC VN5 plug-in hybrid also offers a similar level of flexibility, but it has to make do with a smaller volume (5.5m3 vs 6m3) and a smaller payload capacity (830kg vs 1130kg).
Factor in that the hybrid driveline might soon enable the PHEV Transit Custom to go into more places than a diesel van – using its ring-fencing electric-only drive mode to ensure that it complies with the strictest zero-emission city centre policies – and this hybrid van looks to offer the best of both diesel and electric worlds.