Ford has released some technical details and pricing of the PHEV version of its best selling Transit Custom. It’s the first van in this segment to offer a petrol-electric powertrain.
Although marketed as a PHEV in fact it’s a range extender (REx), meaning the motor is electric-only and the 1.0 petrol engine only cuts in to recharge the battery. We think this has many advantages in reduced fuel use and improved reliability.
It’s FWD with a 123bhp electric motor and a 13.6kWh battery pack. Recharge time is 2.7hrs using a Type 2 AC rapid-charger.
Claimed electric-only range is 35 miles, total driving range above 310 miles, and combined economy of 91.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 60g/km. Fully loaded in winter 20-25 miles sounds more probable, but for many trades doing local work this will mean they never need to use any petrol.
UK prices for the van start at £39,145 (plus VAT) in Leader version rising to £42,950 in Limited spec.
Payload and load volume remain unchanged at 1130kg and 6.0m3 respectively. Ford also offers an eight-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty.
The Transit has for decades been the best-driving and riding van available, and we expect this to continue with the PHEV. We first saw this at a trade show in July 2019 and the EV drivetrain improves the driving experience way above the diesel versions.