Ford’s London-based trial of plug-in hybrid Transit Custom vans will get underway in After October 1st. this year.
The manufacturer announced back in January, plans to set to work 20 examples of its best-selling, one-tonne LCV, complete with a mix of internal combustion engines and plug-in electric power. The trial is due to commence in the last quarter of this year, when a variety of public and private sector businesses will adopt the vans onto their fleets.
The project will be run in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) and the British Government-funded Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), with the latter organisation providing funding in the form of a £4.7m grant.
As well as establishing exactly how the vans will be used by fleets day-to-day, the project will also give businesses and public sector organisations a flavour of what it’s like to live and work with plug-in LCVs.
The Transit Custom PHEV trial is one element of a big push towards electric commercial vehicles on Ford’s part. When it announced plans for the experiment at the start of the year, it also revealed its intentions to electrify an increasing number of its biggest-selling commercial vehicles, and said it would release 13 new EV products during the next five years.