Hybrid Ford Transit undergoes London testing
24 Jan 2017
To launch a yearlong pilot scheme that tests a fleet of 20 Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid vans, Ford has announced that it has teamed up with city officials as part of a $4.5 billion programme of investment in new electric vehicles.
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Built at Ford’s UK Technical Centre at Dunton, the fleet will feature a range of 31 miles on purely electric power, while have the capacity to utilise a combustion engine for journeys that involve longer non-urban routes. The pilot aims to reduce inner city pollution levels, with similar vehicles making 280,000 trips per day and van journeys making up 75% of freight traffic at peak times.
The Ford Transit Custom vans are set to be provided to leading commercial fleet companies and Transport for London as part of the British government’s Advanced Propulsion Centre programme. Speaking about the upcoming trial Jim Farley, CEO and Chairman Ford of Europe, commented “Teaming up with our London partners, we will also be able to trial software and telematics with enormous potential to reduce emissions and costs in the city”. He added “This new type of partnership demonstrates our evolution to both an auto and mobility company. We have lots of work to do, but everyone is so energized by this breakthrough opportunity.”
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