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Ford to test hybrid Transit Custom vans on the streets of London

Friday 20 January 2017, By Autovolo

Ford to test hybrid Transit Custom vans on the streets of London

Ford to test hybrid Transit Custom vans on the streets of London

Ford has put 20 plug-in hybrid Transit Custom vans on the streets of London as part of its multi-million-pound initiative to reduce air pollution in the capital.

The vans have bent given to a selection of commercial fleets who will use them for 12 months in a bid to discover whether hybrid vehicles can help achieve cleaner air targets.

Ford says that commercial vehicles in the capital make a combined total of 280,000 trips every day, with eight million miles travelled. The Blue Oval claims the plug-in hybrid Transits will reduce emissions by running purely on electricity for most of the journeys.

Ford has also said that it is the first volume commercial vehicle manufacturer to offer plug-in hybrid technology on its vans.

“This exciting project in London shows how innovative technology can help improve the prosperity and quality of life in our congested cities,” said Jim Farley, chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe. “Ford is the top-selling commercial vehicle brand in Europe, so it’s fitting that this Transit plug-in hybrid is leading the electric vehicle revolution for business users.”

The hybrid Transit Custom is just one of 13 electrified vehicles Ford will build over the next five years. The manufacturer has already confirmed hybrid versions of the Mustang and F-150 will be made for the USA, as well as an all-electric SUV.