London trials new Ford plug-in hybrid vans

20th January 2017


Transport for London is supporting trials of 20 new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Transit Custom Vans as part of a new multimillion-pound initiative from Ford, designed to improve air quality in London.

Scheduled to launch in autumn this year, the project will see a cross-section of London’s commercial fleets trialling 20 of the new PHEV Transits to explore how such vehicles can not only contribute to cleaner air targets, but also boost productivity in tough urban conditions. London’s commercial vehicles currently make 280,000 journeys on a typical weekday, travelling a total distance of eight million miles and representing 75% of peak freight traffic.

“The freight sector’s transition to ultra-low emission vehicles is central to cleaning up London’s toxic air,” said Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. “Transport for London continues to lead by example by increasing the number of its own vehicles that are electric and will find the data from these trials an invaluable resource for the LoCITY programme, which encourages the uptake of low emission commercial transport.”

The Transit Custom PHEV vans in the London trial can be charged with mains electricity for zero-emission journeys while featuring an efficient on-board combustion engine for longer journeys requiring extended range. With plans to lead in electrified vehicles and the introduction of 13 new global models over the next five years, Ford will be using a telematics system to collect data on the vehicles’ financial, operational and environmental performance to help understand how the benefits of electrified vehicles can be maximised.

Development of the 20 Transit Custom PHEV fleet trial vehicles has been supported by a £4.7m grant from the government-funded Advanced Propulsion Centre.

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