The PHEV Ford Transit offers 31 miles of all-electric driving, and features a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine as a range extender for a total driving range of 310 miles. The plug-in version of the Transit is scheduled for production beginning in 2019, and Ford is leading its launch with a 12-month pilot program deploying 20 of the vehicles to fleet customers in London later this year. Heathrow Airport, the Metropolitan Police, British Gas, Transport for London, and Autoglass are among the participating customers testing the PHEV Transits.
In addition to its electrified powertrain, the PHEV Transits are equipped with geofencing technology, which adjusts vehicle settings based on location. This can ensure that they switch to all-electric power in London's low-emissions zones.
These PHEV transits use lithium-ion batteries under the load floor, preserving the van's full cargo volume. In addition to providing more range, the PHEV vans offer a greater payload capacity than all-electric vehicles, according to Ford.