The move towards a zero-carbon commercial vehicle World is well underway. Ford Motor Company have already committed to a wide range of passenger cars Electric and Hybrid models and that move continues with Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV), Mild Hybrid vehicle options and the forthcoming E-Transit. Here, we discover a bit more about these models and the technology within them.
TRANSIT CUSTOM PHEV
Transit Custom has always been renowned for its tough, Functional reliability and superior levels of its design and craftsmanship. Now, it delivers and even wider range of innovative features and smart technologies.
Introducing the New Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) which has two separate power sources. A battery powered electric motor drives the vehicle, while its 1.0L Ford EcoBoost petrol engine works to recharge the hybrid battery and extend the vehicle’s range.
The driver can select between three available EV modes, including EV Now which allows you to drive with zero emissions on electric-only power, to a targeted range of up to 35 miles. The PHEV battery can also be recharged using most AC network charging points.
The New Transit Custom PHEV is available as a Van, Kombi or Bus (M1). All vehicles are powered by the 1.0L 126PS EcoBoost Petrol engine with an automatic gearbox and have the L1 wheelbase with H1 roofline. The Van variant comes with a choice of Base, Trend or Limited specifications. Kombi vehicles have the Trend specification while the Bus model is fitted in the high specification Titanium specification.
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FIESTA VAN MILD HYBRID
The Fiesta EcoBoost Mild Hybrid engine uses a small electric motor with a 48-volt battery to improve efficiency. Instead of driving solely on electric power, the electric motor provides torque assistance to the petrol engine when needed. It also uses regenerative braking technology, which charges the mild hybrid’s battery by capturing energy that’s usually lost when you slow down. This helps increase your fuel economy and reduce emissions.
TRANSIT CUSTOM ECOBLUE HYBRID
Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid shares the same technology as as Fiesta Van Mild Hybrid. The small battery powered electric motor helps drive the vehicle when by providing power in order for the combustion engine to save on fuel consumption. The 48-volt hybrid battery is charged whilst the the vehicle is in normal driving by using natural kinetic energy and regenerative braking.
TRANSIT VAN MILD HYBRID
Transit is also available with a mild hybrid option. Like Fiesta Van, the small battery driven electric motor works in tandem with the conventional engine when the demand for power is at an optimal level help efficiency by sharing the workload. This not only reduces fuel consumption but also helps the environment.
Arriving on 2022, the ground-breaking Ford E-Transit will bring electrification to the mainstream. The ubiquitous and iconic Transit will joini the ever-growing range of electric vehicles from Ford and will for the first time, offer a truly zero-emission commercial vehicle from the manufacturer.
This new era for the Ford commercial vehicles will be led by E-Transit. The 400-volt, 67kWh battery powered vehicle will have a range of up to 217 miles (350 km) and will give operators the flexibility to carry out their business in a new sustainable way.With three lengths and two roof heights, E-Transit will not compromise on the flexibility and capability that has made it the go to workhorse for over fifty years.
With the battery stored under the cargo space, and with a carrying capacity of up to 1,616kgs the functionality of E-Transit will continue. And with the option of electric Pro Power Onboard, you can power tools from the 30-volt socket. Additional options include power-side load door and Ford Telematics.
With reduced running and maintenance costs and an ever-increasing infrastructure the case for a switch to electrification is a compelling one. Charge points can be installed at home or depot and a zero to full charge takes just over 8 hours so overnight charging is as easy a plugging in your smartphone.