Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom with innovative hybrid drive
The Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid are the first in their class to offer emissions-free and range-free driving. As an added bonus, they can be optionally charged from the mains, providing a range of up to 50 km purely on electricity, which helps to reduce local CO2 emissions and allows access to the growing number of ultra-low emission zones that are being introduced across Europe.
- The Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid provide approximately 50 km of emission-free driving range and a total range of more than 500 km when powered by the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.
- The advanced plug-in hybrid architecture includes a 13.6 kWh battery that can be charged from the mains or while driving.
- Special features include the Geofencing Module, which automatically switches the vehicle to electric mode when entering low emission areas.
Zero emissions and no range issues
Equipped with a technologically advanced hybrid architecture, the front wheels of the Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid are driven exclusively by a 92.9 kW electric motor powered by a 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. The award-winning 1.0 Ecoboost petrol unit acts as a generator and extends range.
When traveling in a Ford Transit Custom or Tourneo Custom, users combine emissions-free driving with no worries about mileage. The charging port, located in the front bumper, can fully charge the vehicle in 4.3 hours using 240V 10A household power or 2.7 hours using a Type 2 AC commercial vehicle charger. Additional power is recovered through regenerative charging when the vehicle slows down or brakes. In addition, the driver can select one of four driving modes, which allows the system to adapt to road conditions:
- Electric vehicle automatic mode designed to provide the optimum combination of performance and efficiency. The vehicle control algorithms monitor the battery level and the current driving scenario - for example, whether you are currently driving on the motorway - to decide whether to activate the internal combustion engine to increase range.
- Electronic mode now prioritizes the use of stored energy for emission-free driving by shutting down the internal combustion engine until the battery level reaches the minimum required for forward propulsion.
- EV Later Mode prioritizes the power generator and uses regenerative charging to most effectively maintain the current state of the battery, ready for further use in electric mode only.
- Charging in EV mode uses an electrical generator to power the vehicle and recharge the battery when EV Now is needed later on the road, such as when entering a low emission area.
Riders can also choose the amount of energy recovery and braking assistance provided by the regenerative charging system by selecting Drive or Low on the shift lever. Releasing the accelerator pedal in Low mode increases the programmed amount of recuperation by automatically turning on the brake lights when needed to alert drivers behind you. Higher energy recovery promotes more frequent single pedal use, especially in stop-and-go urban scenarios, increasing the amount of kinetic energy recovered and stored in the battery to optimize electric range.
Inside the cab, a power/charge indicator replaces the standard tachometer. Optimized based on feedback from participants in the year-long real Ford Transit Plug-In Hybrid test in London, UK. The sensor clearly visualizes real-time energy recovery to help riders maximize their electric range.
Support for modern FordPass Connect technologies and applications
Combined with the standard FordPass Connect in-car modem, the FordPass mobile app allows drivers to remotely monitor their car's charging status. Ford's launch of the FordPass Pro app, specifically designed to help small businesses maximize productivity, will allow customers to check the battery status of up to five vehicles.
Ford is also introducing a new smartphone and tablet app that will allow plug-in hybrid car owners and operators to easily find, navigate and pay for charging. In partnership with NewMotion, Ford offers access to the largest public network of charging stations in Europe. The new app will provide Ford users with easier access and payment at more than 118,000 charging points in 30 countries. Customers will be able to seamlessly use recharging points across multiple markets by initiating and paying for these services from a single account to simplify service.
“Ford is not afraid of innovation, which is why the offer includes an extremely interesting plug-in hybrid drive, in which the internal combustion engine does not drive the wheels, but only serves as a power generator that increases the range,” said Piotr Pawlak. , President and Managing Director of Ford. This is our response to the growing demand for electrified vans. Thanks to this, Ford is the leader in the commercial vehicle market in Europe, and we are in third place in Russia. However, we have high hopes for an all-electric E-Transit next year,” added Piotr Pawlak.
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